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1926Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1½ hrs before escaping

1962Nelson Mandela arrested for incitement & illeagally leaving S Africa

1864US Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay won by the Union led by Rear Admiral Farragut with the cry "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"

1966Martin Luther King Jr. stoned during Chicago march

1950Ezzard Charles KOs Freddie Beshore to retain HW boxing title

1812War of 1812: Tecumseh's Native American force ambushes Thomas Van Horne's 200 Americans at Brownstone Creek, causing them to flee and retreat.

1979Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate European Golf Open

1975Stevie Wonder signs $13M contract with Motown

1998The American spin-off "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady, debuts on ABC

1979Willie Mays, Warren Giles, & Hack Wilson inducted in Hall of Fame

1974US President Richard Nixon admits he withheld information about Watergate break-in

19924 cops in Rodney King beating case indicted on civil rights charge

1305William Wallace, who led Scottish resistance to England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London for trial and execution.

1932Clyde Barrow and two associates kill Sheriff C.G. Maxwell and his deputy, Eugene C. Moore, the first time the Barrow gang killed a lawman

1979Phillies Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single

1435Battle at Ponza: king Alfonso V of Aragon captured by Genuezen

August 5th Historical Events
Date Event
135
Betar last outpost of Bar Kochba falls to Rome 
642
Battle of Maserfield - Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Bernicia. 
910
The last major Viking army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward and Earl Aethelred. 
1071
Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes captured/Islam advances through Europe 
1100
Henry I is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey 
1264
Anti-Jewish riots break out in Arnstadt Germany 
1305
William Wallace, who led Scottish resistance to England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London for trial and execution. 
1388
Battle of Otterburn, a border skirmish between the Scottish and the English in Northern England. 
1391
Castilian sailors fire attack Jewish ghetto of Barcelona, 100's killed 
1399
Battle at Worskla: Tataren beat Russians & Litouwers 
1420
Duke John VI of Bavaria visits "Christ's bride"/virgin Liduina 
1435
Battle at Ponza: king Alfonso V of Aragon captured by Genuezen 
1543
French & Turkish troops occupy Nice 
1583
Humphrey Gilbert claims Newfoundland for the British crown - first English colony in North America and the beginning of the British Empire 
1587
Spanish troops conquer Lock 
1654
French troops occupy Stenay 
1666
English fleet beats Dutch under Michiel de Ruyter 
1667
State of Holland obtain Eternal Edict 
1689
1,500 Iroquois attack the village of Lachine, in New France. 
1716
Battle of Petrovaradin/Peterwardein: Habsburgs under Eugene of Savoy defeat the Turks in a decisive victory 
1745
Skirmish at Laggan: Glengarry beats Royal Scots 
1763
Pontiac's War: Battle of Bushy Run - British forces led by Henry Bouquet defeat Chief Pontiac's Indians at Bushy Run. 
1772
1st partition of Poland, between Austria, Prussia & Russia 
1775
1st Spanish ship, San Carlos, enters SF Bay 
1781
Battle at Dogger Bank: Dutch fleet vs English fleet 
1812
War of 1812: Tecumseh's Native American force ambushes Thomas Van Horne's 200 Americans at Brownstone Creek, causing them to flee and retreat. 
1837
1st ascent of Mt Marcy (5,344') highest in Adirondack, NY 
1846
Oregon territory divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel 
1858
Cyrus W Field completes 1st transatlantic telegraph cable 
1860
Carl IV of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Norway in Trondheim. 
1861
Enlistment increases from 3 months to 2 years 
1861
Naval Engagement at Fernandina, FL-USS Vincennes ends rebel blockade 
1861
US Army abolishes flogging 
1861
US levies its 1st Income Tax (3% of incomes over $800) 
1862
Battle of Baton Rouge, LA 
1864
US Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay won by the Union led by Rear Admiral Farragut with the cry "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" 
1864
Spectrum of a comet observed for 1st time, by Giovanni Donati 
1874
Japan launches its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system in England. 
1877
Henry Morton Stanley's letter in order to aid reaches Boma at Congo 
1882
Martial law is imposed in Japan. 
1882
Standard Oil of New Jersey is established. 
1884
Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe's Island (NYC) 
1890
British & French accord to divide African colonization 
1891
1st travelers checks issued (American Express) 
1900
In Russia, anti-Jewish riots spread from Odessa into other parts of the country 
1901
Peter O'Connor of Ireland, sets then long jump record at 24' 11 3/4" 
1905
First meeting of the Russian and Japanese peace commissioners takes place in US President Roosevelt's home at Oyster Bay, New York 
1912
Japan's first taxicab service begins in Ginza, Tokyo. 
1914
1st traffic light installed in USA (Euclid Ave & E 105th St, Cleveland) 
1914
Cuba, Uruguay, Mexico & Argentina proclaim neutrality in WW I 
1914
Dutch Cort Van de Linden government issues silver bonds as money 
1914
Massive German assault on forts around Liège 
1914
Montenegro declares war against Austria-Hungary in World War I 
1914
US and Nicaragua sign treaty granting canal rights to US 
1914
Westerschelde leaves due to German invasion in Belgium 
1915
The Latin-American Conference Convenes in Washington, with representatives from leading South American nations joining the US to discuss conditions in Mexico 
1915
Warsaw, evacuated by the Russians, is occupied by Germans 
1917
British troops attack canal of Ypres in Boesinghe Belgium 
1921
1st radio baseball broadcast Pirates-8, Phillies-0 (KDKA, Pitts) 
1921
Treaty of Berlin: US & Germany sign separate peace treaty 
1923
1st American to swim English Channel (Henry Sullivan) 
1924
Comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray debuts 
1925
Plaid Cymru is formed with the aim of disseminating knowledge of the Welsh language, which is in danger of dying out. 
1926
1st talkie movie "Don Juan" at Warner Theatre, NY 
1926
French & German trade agreement signed 
1926
Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1½ hrs before escaping 
1927
Phillies Cy Williams hits for cycle in just 4 at bats 
1931
Det Tiger Tommy Bridges perfect game is broken up with 2 outs in 9th 
1932
Clyde Barrow and two associates kill Sheriff C.G. Maxwell and his deputy, Eugene C. Moore, the first time the Barrow gang killed a lawman 
1936
At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his 3rd Olympic medal 
1937
Ranger (US) beats Endeavour II (England) in 17th America's Cup 
1938
33rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Philadelphia (3-2) 
1940
"Acquaintance" blows-up Zandvoortse synagouge 
1940
St Louis Brown John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings 
1942
British government cancels agreement of Munich 
1942
German troops cross Kuban River 
1943
Sicily: 3 US A-36's bomb British headquarter 
1943
Soviet forces reconquer Orel & Bjelgorod 
1943
World War II: at around 11 A.M during the Battle of Troina, Mount Etna erupts sending ash and lava miles into the sky. 
1944
US 79th/90th division occupy Laval/Mayenne 
1944
US troops occupy Vannes, Brittany 
1945
Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Aug 6th in Japan) 
1947
Netherlands ceases political action in Indonesia, due to UN pressure 
1948
Cleveland Indians set club record for most double plays in a game (6) 
1949
6.75 Earthquake hits Quito; about 6,000 die 
1950
Ezzard Charles KOs Freddie Beshore to retain HW boxing title 
1951
Armed uprising in Ambonezen Camp Middelburg 
1953
Operation "Big Switch"; Korean War prisoner exchanged at Panmunjom 
1954
Boxing Hall of Fame's 1st election selects 24 modern & 15 pioneers 
1954
Patty Berg wins LPGA World Golf Championshio 
1955
After playing 274 straight games at 2nd base, Nellie Fox is given a day off he comes back next 798 consecutive games 
1956
KUAM TV channel 8 in Agana, GU (CBS/ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting 
1956
Louise Suggs wins LPGA All American Golf Open 
1956
WCYB TV channel 5 in Bristol-Kingsport, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting 
1957
"American Bandstand" premiers on network TV (ABC) 
1957
Comic strip "Andy Capp" made its debut 
1957
WJZ-TV in Baltimore MD begins radio transmissions 
1957
Bkln Sports Authority gets an engineering report on 50,000-seat stadium in downtown area for estimated $207 million 
1958
Philip Kapleau, Zen teacher, 1st awakening under Yasutani Roshi 
1959
42.4 cm rainfall in Decatur Co, Iowa (state record) 
1959
Chicago Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 55-26 in Toronto 
1960
Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) declares independence from France 
1960
Detroit trades manager Jimmy Dykes for Cleve's Joe Gordon 
1961
118°F (48°C), Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record) 
1961
Chic Bears (NFL) beat Mont Alouettes (CFL) 34-16 in Montreal 
1962
1st quasar located by radio 
1962
Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open 
1962
Nelson Mandela arrested for incitement & illeagally leaving S Africa 
1962
UN command forbids flights to Katangese airports 
1963
Britain, USA & USSR sign nuclear test ban treaty 
1963
Craig Breedlove sets world auto speed record at 407.45 MPH 
1964
Beatles record "Leave My Kitten Alone" 
1964
Congo rebellion: Christopher Gbenye/Pierre Mulele conquer Stanleyville 
1964
Ford Frick says he will not run for another term as commissioner 
1964
US begins bombing North Vietnam 
1965
Jeff Coffin, Massachusetts, musician (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones) 
1965
Dave Marr wins PGA title 
1966
33rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 38, All-Stars 0 (72,000) 
1966
Jose Torres beats Eddie Cotton to retain light-HW boxing title 
1966
Martin Luther King Jr. stoned during Chicago march 
1966
USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR 
1966
Beatles release "Revolver" album in US 
1966
Beatles release single "Yellow Submarine" with "Eleanor Rigby" in UK 
1967
1st time an AFL team beats an NFL team, Broncos beats Detroit 13-7 
1967
Bobby Gentry releases her only hit "Ode to Billy Joe" 
1967
Pirate Radio Station 333 (Radio Britain) & Radio London close down 
1968
WMCV (now WZTV) TV channel 17 in Nashville, TN (IND) 1st broadcast 
1969
Mariner 7 flies past Mars 
1969
Pirate Willie Stargell is 1st to hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium 
1969
The UVF plant their first bomb in the Republic of Ireland, damaging the RTÉ Television Centre in Dublin 
1970
Robert Morley's "How the Other Half Loves" premieres in London 
1970
US Black Panther leader Huey Newton let out of jail 
1971
WNPE TV channel 16 in Watertown, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1971
The British Parliament debate the security situation in Northern Ireland 
1972
Moody Blues release "Nights in White Satin" 
1972
Uganda president Idi Amin throws out all 80,000 Asians 
1972
Detroit shortstop Ed Brinkman errors ends record streak of 72 games & 331 total chances without a miscue 
1973
Arab terrorists open fire at Athens airport, kills 3 injures 55 
1973
Atlanta Braves Phil Niekro no-hits SD Padres, 9-0 
1973
Judy Rankin wins LPGA Pabst Ladies Golf Classic 
1973
USSR launches Mars 6 
1974
Joan Jett forms her rock group Runaways 
1974
US President Richard Nixon admits he withheld information about Watergate break-in 
1975
Phillies 1st 8 batters get hits for a record, beat Cubs 13-5 
1975
Stevie Wonder signs $13M contract with Motown 
1978
New Orlean Saints beat Phil Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo) 
1979
"But Never Jam Today" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 7 perfs 
1979
Government of Mauretania signs peace treaty with Polisario 
1979
Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate European Golf Open 
1979
Phillies Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single 
1979
Varetta Shankle (Miss), crowned 12th Miss Black America 
1979
Willie Mays, Warren Giles, & Hack Wilson inducted in Hall of Fame 
1980
Expos Dick Williams wins his 1,000th career game as a manager 
1980
NY Met Doug Flynn ties record of 3 triples in a game 
1981
US President Regan fires 11,500 striking air traffic controllers 
1981
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1982
Stephabue Hix, of Alabama, 18, crowned Miss National Teen-Ager 
1982
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1984
Alice Miller wins West Virginia LPGA Golf Classic 
1984
Joan Benoit (US) wins 1st Olympic marathon for women (2:24:52) 
1984
Lou Pinella Day at Yankee Stadium 
1984
Toronto's Cliff Johnson hits record 19th career pinch HR 
1985
Baseball players go on strike for 2 days 
1985
Establishment of a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is announced 
1985
Flexible-wing glider altitude record (214,250') set by Larry Tudor 
1986
Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway sets 5km woman's record (14:37.33) 
1986
Steve Carlton is 2nd to pitch 4,000 strikeout 
1986
US Senate votes for SDI-project ("Star Wars") 
1986
It's revealed Andrew Wyeth of Chadds Ford, Pa, had, secretly created 240 drawings & paintings of his neighbor Helga Testorf 
1988
Mario Biaggi (Rep-D-NY) convicted of racketeering resigns seat 
1989
General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority. 
1990
Barb Mucha wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic 
1990
Jim Palmer & Joe Morgan inducted into hall of fame 
1991
Sergei Bubka of USSR sets pole vault world record (6.10m) in Malmö Sweden 
1992
4 cops in Rodney King beating case indicted on civil rights charge 
1994
Antonov-12 crashes at Boda, Eastern Siberia, 47 killed 
1994
Rocker Billy Idol admitted to the hospital after drug overdose 
1995
The city of Knin, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm. The date is celebrated as the day of victory (Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day) in Croatia. 
1996
Dallas Cowboys play KC Chiefs in Monterrey Mexico 
1997
Korean Air 747 with 331 aboard crashes in Guam, 29 survive 
1997
Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of world trade center bombing goes on trial 
1997
Soyuz TM-26 crew of Anatoly Solovyov & Pavel Vinogradov, launched 
1998
The American spin-off "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady, debuts on ABC 
2003
A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150. 
2011
Svalbard Polar Bear Attack (2011) - a rogue Polar Bear attacks and kills a British schoolboy. 
2012
Gunman opens fire on Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin killing six people and committing suicide 
2012
19 people are killed by Kurdish rebels in Hakk 
2012
General Motors signs a record breaking $559 million marketing deal with Manchester United 
2013
160 people are killed by flash floods across Afghanistan and Pakistan 
2013
The world's first bovine stem cell lab-grown burger is eaten in London 
2013
Alex Rodriquez, New York Yankee MLB player, is banned for 211 games for using human growth hormones 
2016
Spraying Begins in Miami to Combat the Zika Virus 
2016
Turkey Issues a Warrant for Fethullah Gulen, Cleric Accused in Coup 
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