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August 5 Historical Events

The following events took place on August 5. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 64 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 25
    Guangwu claims the throne as emperor, restoring the Han dynasty after the collapse of the short-lived Xin dynasty.
  • 642
    Battle of Maserfield: Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Northumbria.
  • 910
    The last major Danish army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward the Elder and Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians.
  • 939
    The Battle of Alhandic is fought between Ramiro II of León and Abd-ar-Rahman III at Zamora in the context of the Spanish Reconquista. The battle resulted in a victory for the Emirate of Córdoba.
  • 1068
    Byzantine–Norman wars: Italo-Normans begin a nearly-three-year siege of Bari.
  • 1100
    Henry I is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey.
  • 1278
    The Siege of Algeciras ends in the context of the Spanish Reconquista pitting the forces of the Kingdom of Castile against the Emirate of Granada. The battle resulted in a Granadan victory.
  • 1305
    William Wallace, who led the Scottish resistance against England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London where he is put on trial and executed.
  • 1388
    The Battle of Otterburn, a border skirmish between the Scottish and the English in Northern England, is fought near Otterburn.
  • 1583
    Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • 1600
    The Gowrie Conspiracy against King James VI of Scotland (later to become King James I of England) takes place.
  • 1620
    The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England on its first attempt to reach North America.
  • 1689
    One thousand five hundred Iroquois attack the village of Lachine in New France.
  • 1716
    The Battle of Petrovaradin takes place.
  • 1735
    Freedom of the press: New York Weekly Journal writer John Peter Zenger is acquitted of seditious libel against the royal governor of New York, on the basis that what he had published was true.
  • 1763
    Pontiac’s War: Battle of Bushy Run: British forces led by Henry Bouquet defeat Chief Pontiac’s Indians at Bushy Run.
  • 1772
    The First Partition of Poland begins.
  • 1781
    The Battle of Dogger Bank takes place.
  • 1824
    Greek War of Independence: Constantine Kanaris leads a Greek fleet to victory against Ottoman and Egyptian ships in the Battle of Samos.
  • 1858
    Cyrus West Field and others complete the first transatlantic telegraph cable after several unsuccessful attempts. It will operate for less than a month.
  • 1860
    Charles XV of Sweden of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Norway in Trondheim.
  • 1861
    American Civil War: In order to help pay for the war effort, the United States government levies the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over US $800; rescinded in 1872).
  • 1861
    The United States Army abolishes flogging.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: Battle of Baton Rouge: Along the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Confederate troops attempt to take the city, but are driven back by fire from Union gunboats.
  • 1864
    American 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.
  • 1874
    Japan launches its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system in the United Kingdom.
  • 1882
    The Standard Oil of New Jersey is established.
  • 1884
    The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe’s Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor.
  • 1888
    Bertha Benz drives from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in the first long distance automobile trip, commemorated as the Bertha Benz Memorial Route since 2008.
  • 1901
    Peter O'Connor sets the first IAAF recognised long jump world record of 24 ft. The record will stand for 20 years.

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