August 5: Day of the Week
August 5, 2019 is the 217th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 148 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Monday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is lundi.
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Here’s the August calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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August 5 Historical Event(s)
- 1781The Battle of Dogger Bank takes place.
- 1864American Civil War: the Battle of Mobile Bay begins – at Mobile Bay near Mobile, Alabama, Admiral David Farragut leads a Union flotilla through Confederate defenses and seals one of the last major Southern ports.
- 1874Japan launches its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system in the United Kingdom.
- 1906Persian Constitutional Revolution: Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar, King of Iran, agrees to convert the government to a constitutional monarchy.
- 1944World War II: The Nazis begin a three-day massacre of anywhere between 40,000 and 100,000 civilians and prisoners of war in Wola, Poland.
- 1944World War II: possibly the biggest prison breakout in history occurs as 545 Japanese POWs attempt to escape outside the town of Cowra, New South Wales, Australia.
- 1949The Mann Gulch fire kills 13 firefighters in Montana.
- 1957American Bandstand, a show dedicated to the teenage “baby-boomers” by playing the songs and showing popular dances of the time, debuts on the ABC television network.
- 1963The United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union sign a nuclear test ban treaty.
- 2003A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.
Who were born on August 5?
- 1397Guillaume Dufay, Franco-Flemish composer and theorist (d. 1474)
- 1815Edward John Eyre, English explorer (d. 1901)
- 1828Queen Louise of the Netherlands, Dutch consort of Charles XV of Sweden (d. 1871)
- 1850Guy de Maupassant, French writer (d. 1893)
- 1947Angry Anderson, Australian entertainer (Rose Tattoo)
- 1971“Evil” Jared Hasselhoff, American bassist (The Bloodhound Gang)
- 1975Ami Foster, American actress
- 1980Sophie Winkleman, English actress
- 1981Carl Crawford, American baseball player
- 1981David Clarke, British ice hockey player
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