2021 August

August 5: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on August 5

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, Italian 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 facts about August 5th in history!

What Happened On August 5 In History?

2013

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.
1962

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.
1914

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.
Source EDN.com
1912

The first taxicab service started operating in Tokyo, Japan.

1884

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

Source HMdb.org
1864

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

1861

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

1583

English explorer Humphrey Gilbert claimed Newfoundland for the British crown.

This became the birth of the British Empire.
1305

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.
1100

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

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