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 218th day of 2024, and there are only 148 days remaining in 2024.

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 fun & interesting facts about August 5th in history!


What memorable events happened on August 5 in history? Keep reading to find out!


Volkswagen launched the Flying Tiger, its first working prototype flying car.


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

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


The Ambato earthquake destroyed fifty towns in Ecuador and killed over 6,000 people.

OTD in 1949: The Ambato earthquake destroyed fifty towns in Ecuador and killed over 6

The Ambato earthquake was the largest 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 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, when he was stripped naked, attached to a horse by the heels, and 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.

910 AD

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

Famous Births

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


Olivia Holt



Olivia Holt


26 years old

Born In:

Tennessee, USA


Josie Totah



Josie Totah


22 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Neil Armstrong



Neil Armstrong

Died On:

Aug 25, 2012 (Age 82)

Born In:

Ohio, USA


Jesse Williams



Jesse Williams


42 years old

Born In:

Illinois, USA

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, August 5th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…



Alec Guinness



Alec Guinness



Alec Guinness

Alec Guinness was an English actor born on April 2, 1914. He died on this day in 2000, at age 86 in Midhurst, West Sussex, England, UK.

Died On:

Aug 5, 2000 (Age 86)

Died In:

England, UK


Below are the most famous quotes people have said or written on this day throughout history.


Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.

George W. Bush

George W. Bush

American Politician


The question is not what you look at, but what you see.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

American Naturalist

Special Holidays

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

August 5: Work Like a Dog Day
United States

Work Like a Dog Day

Some people seem to have neverending energy reserves and will work like a dog all day, come rain, hail, or shine. Work Like a Dog Day is a day to honor and pay respect to all the hard-working men and women around the world who never seem to stop working!

August 5: National Underwear Day
United States

National Underwear Day

National Underwear Day was invented by Freshpair, an underwear brand, as a way of promoting body positivity. People of all shapes, sizes, and colors should be proud of their bodies, and what better way than to strut around the house today in your underwear?

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

In order to protest the high tariffs enforced by a UK censorship board, a filmmaker sent in a 10-hour “movie” of white paint drying. They had to watch the entire film.

Birthday & Zodiac

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.

A baby conceived on this day will likely be born around April 28th, 2025.

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