interesting EVENTS on the 5th of AUGUST

  • 1620 ~ The Mayflower left Southampton for North America
  • 1884 ~ The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid
  • 1914 ~ The 1st electric traffic light was installed
  • 1926 ~ Harry Houdini performed his greatest feat
  • 1957 ~ American Bandstand show debuted
  • 1962 ~ Marilyn Monroe was found dead at her home
  • 1962 ~ Nelson Mandela was jailed

…see the main History Timeline below for more details, including videos, images, maps, links & many more interesting events on August 5th 

Today in History for July 1st (Associated Press video)

BiRTHS of interesting PEOPLE on the 5th of AUGUST

  • 1908 ~ Harold Holt, 17th Prime Minister of Australia
  • 1930 ~ Neil Armstrong, American astronaut (d. 2012 age 82)
  • 1940 – Rick Huxley, bass player (The Dave Clark Five) (d. 2013)
  • 1951 ~ Samantha Sang, Australian pop singer
  • 1952 ~ John Jarratt, Australian actor & producer
  • 1966 ~ Woly Blowers, the Australian i.T. guru at Azoosh.com
  • 1967 ~ Matthew Caws, American lead singer of Nada Surf

…see the timeline below for more details & more events on August 5th…

DEATHS of interesting PEOPLE on AUGUST 5th

  • 1962 ~ Marilyn Monroe, American model & actress (b. 1926)
  • 1992 ~ Jeff Porcaro, American drummer (b. 1954)
  • 2000 ~ Alec Guinness, English actor (b. 1914)
  • 2001 ~ Christopher Skase, Australian businessman (b. 1948)
  • 2008 ~ Reg Lindsay, Australian singer & guitarist (b. 1929)

…see the main History Timeline below for more details, including videos, images, maps, links & many more interesting events on August 5th


1100 ~ Henry I was crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey.

1583 ~ Sir Humphrey Gilbert established the 1st English colony in North America, now known as St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

1620 ~ The Mayflower departed from Southampton, England on its first attempt to reach North America.

1735 ~ New York Weekly Journal writer John Peter Zenger was acquitted of seditious libel against the royal governor of New York, on the basis that what he had published was true. (Freedom of the press)

1858 ~ Cyrus West Field and others completed the 1st transatlantic telegraph cable after several unsuccessful attempts. It only operated for less than a month.

1874 ~ Japan launched its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system used in the United Kingdom.

1884 ~ The Statue of Liberty cornerstone was laid on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor (now known as Liberty Island).

1888 ~ Bertha Benz drove from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in the 1st long distance automobile trip, which was commemorated as the Bertha Benz Memorial Route since 2008.

1901 ~ Peter O’Connor set the 1st IAAF recognised long jump world record of 24 ft 11.75 in (7.6137 m). The record remained for 20 years.

1908 ~ Harold Holt, the Australian lawyer, politician, and 17th Prime Minister of Australia was born at his parents’ home in Stanmore, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on the 5th of August. After almost 2 years in office as Australia’s Prime Minister, Harold Holt disappeared while swimming at Cheviot Beach, Portsea, Victoria, on the 17th December in 1967. His body was never recovered, and he was declared dead in absentia, which caused various conspiracy theories.

1914 ~  The guns of the Point Nepean fort at Port Phillip Heads in Victoria, Australia, fired across the bows of the Norddeutscher Lloyd steamer SS Pfalz, which was attempting to leave the Port of Melbourne in ignorance of the declaration of war, and was detained. This is said to be the 1st Allied shot of World War I.

1914 ~ The 1st electric traffic light was installed, in Cleveland, Ohio, on the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street (as shown here on Google Maps Street View)

1926 ~ Harry Houdini performed his greatest feat, while being 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.

1930 ~ Neil Armstrong, the American pilot, aeronautical engineer, and astronaut was born near Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA, on the 5th of August. He was the first person to walk on the Moon, on the 20th July 1969. (Neil Armstrong died on the 25th August in 2012, aged 82). Man On The Moon 1969 original footage presented by Pathé News (video)

1940 ~ Rick Huxley, the English bass player from The Dave Clark Five, was born in Dartford, Kent, England, on the 5th of August. (d. 2013 age 72). YouTube video : Dave Clark Five “Glad All Over” ~1963

1949 ~ The Ambato earthquake in Ecuador destroyed 50 towns and killed over 6,000 people.

1951 ~ Samantha Sang, the Australian pop singer was born in Melbourne, Australia on the 5th of August. See the Samantha Sang interview on Wrokdown (video) | YouTube video : Samantha Sang “Emotion” (with The Bee Gees) ~ 1977…

1952 ~ John Jarratt, the Australian actor & producer was born in Wongawilli, New South Wales, on the 5th of August.

1957 ~ American Bandstand show debuted on the ABC television network.

1958 ~ Herbert Hoover eclipsed John Adams as having the longest retirement of any former U.S President until that time. Hoover lived another 6 years, his record 31 years, 7 months &16 days retirement has since been eclipsed by Jimmy Carter.

1960 ~ Burkina Faso (originally known as Upper Volta) became independent from France.

1962 ~ Nelson Mandela was jailed. He wasn’t released until 1990. YouTube video : The Mandela Tapes : Life in Prison (CBC Radio)…

1962 ~ Marilyn Monroe, the American model & actress at the age of 36, died from an overdose of barbiturates at her home in Los Angeles, California, USA, on the 5th of August. Her  death was reported as a suicide, but several conspiracy theories have been suggested since her death. Marilyn Monroe was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson on the 1st June 1926.

1963 ~ A nuclear test ban treaty was signed by the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union.

1967 ~ Matthew Caws, the American singer-songwriter and guitarist from Nada Surf was born in New York City on the 5th of August.

1969 ~ Mariner 7 made its closest fly-by of Mars (3,524 kilometers).

1971 ~ The first Pacific Islands Forum (originally known as the South Pacific Forum) was held in Wellington, New Zealand, with the aim of enhancing cooperation between the independent countries of the Pacific Ocean.

1974 ~ The U.S. Congress placed a $1 billion limit on military aid to South Vietnam during Vietnam War.

1981 ~ President Ronald Reagan fired 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.

1992 ~ Jeff Porcaro the American drummer from Toto died at the age of 38, on the 5th August. (b. 1954)

1995 ~ The city of Knin, Croatia, a Serb stronghold, was captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm during the Yugoslav Wars. The date is celebrated in Croatia as Victory Day.

2000 ~ Alec Guinness the English actor died at the age of 86, on the 5th August. (b. 1914)

2001 ~ Christopher Skase the Australian businessman died at the age of 52, on the 5th August. (b. 1948)

2008 ~ Reg Lindsay the Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer died at the age of 79, on the 5th August. (b. 1929). Video : Reg Lindsay ~ Live Across Australia excerpt from 1979 ~ 1994

2010 ~ The Copiapó mining accident occurred, trapping 33 Chilean miners 2,300 ft (700 m) approximately below the ground.


National Friendship Day (USA)

National Sisters’ Day (USA)

National Oyster Day (USA) NationalOysterDay.com

National Underwear Day (USA)

Work Like A Dog Day (USA)

Other 5th of AUGUST History WEBPAGES

Wikipedia.org ~ August 5

OnThisDay.com ~ August 5

History.com ~ August 05

HistoryNet.com ~ August 05

Today in History: August 5

This page was last updated on the 9th October 2018