August 5th is known as Blogger Day as well as Underwear Day.
This day marks the 217th day of 2021, and there’s only 148 days left of the year.
People who were born on August 5th share the Leo zodiac sign.
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 Happened On August 5 In History?
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.
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.
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.