2022 August

August 5: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on August 5

August 5th is known as Work Like a Dog Day as well as Underwear Day.

This day marks the 217th day of 2022, and there’s only 148 days left of the year.

You’re about to learn all the major historical events, celebrity births and deaths that all just happened to occur on August 5th in years gone by.

Did you know that on this day in 1864, astronomer Giovanni Donati became the first person to observe the spectrum of a comet? This helped him conclude that comets are partially made of gas.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about August 5th in history!

What Events Happened On August 5 In History?


The world’s first lab-grown bovine stem cell burger was consumed on this day in London.

OTD in 2013: The world's first lab-grown bovine stem cell burger was consumed on this day in London.

The Soviet spacecraft Mars 6 was launched.

The spacecraft carried an array of instruments to study the surface conditions of Mars.

Nelson Mandela returned to South Africa and was arrested for illegally leaving the country.

On this day, Mandela was sentenced to five years in prison for leaving South Africa illegally and incitement in previous years across the country.

In Ecuador, the Ambato earthquake destroyed fifty towns and killed more than 6,000 people.

OTD in 1949: In Ecuador
The Ambato earthquake was the largest earthquake in the Western Hemisphere in more than five years.

The first traffic lights in the US were installed in Cleveland, Ohio.

The traffic lights featured red and green colored lights, and made a buzzing sound when the colors were about to change.

The first taxicab service started operating in Tokyo, Japan.


Foundations were placed on Bedloe’s Island, New York City to become home of the Statue of Liberty.


Italian astronomer, Giovanni Donati became the first person to observe the spectrum of a comet.


Flagellation, also known as flogging, whipping or lashing was banned by the US Army.


English explorer Humphrey Gilbert claimed Newfoundland for the British crown.

This became the birth of the British Empire.

The leader in Scotland’s fight for independence, William Wallace, was captured on this day and later trialed and executed in London.

OTD in 1305: The leader in Scotland's fight for independence
His execution happened on August 23, 1305, where he was stripped naked and attached to a horse by the heels then dragged through the city streets. Then he was hung, drawn and quartered.

Henry I took to the throne as he was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey, London.

Henry I announced that he had successfully restored order within the country that was in chaos.

The Battle of Tettenhall occurred where the final major Viking army battled against England and was defeated by a landslide.

August 5 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

People who were born on August 5th share the Leo zodiac sign.

Leos are larger than life, and they love to be seen and heard. Their typical traits include being confident, ambitious, loyal, generous, and big-hearted.

People born in August all have the Peridot birthstone. Did you know that the largest peridot in the world weighs an astonishing 311.8 carats? That’s equivalent to 62.35 grams. It can be found at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

If you were born on August 5th, your estimated date of conception would be November 12th in the previous year.

Is today is your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Neil Armstrong! Check out more famous people born on this day below.

Famous People Born On August 5

Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

American Actor
Birthday: August 5, 1981
Age: 40 years old
Born In: Illinois, USA
Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong

American Astronaut
Birthday: August 5, 1930
Died On: Aug 25, 2012 (Age 82)
Born In: Ohio, USA

Special Holidays On August 5th

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

August 5: National Underwear Day

National Underwear Day

August 5: Work Like a Dog Day

Work Like a Dog Day

Did you know that on this day, August 5th 1864, astronomer Giovanni Donati became the first person to observe the spectrum of a comet?