History's August 05
    2015 Fishing boat carrying around 600 migrants sinks of the coast of Libya, 373 rescued
    2015 Torrential rains and flooding leave at least 178 people dead in India, in the wake of Cyclone Komen
    2014 Obama signs The Iron Dome Bill providing $225 million in additional funding for Israel's Iron Dome defense
    2013 Alex Rodriquez, New York Yankee MLB player, is banned for 211 games for using human growth hormones
    2013 160 people are killed by flash floods across Afghanistan and Pakistan
    2013 Samantha Power becomes the 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations
    2013 The world's first bovine stem cell lab-grown burger is eaten in London
    2012 19 people are killed by Kurdish rebels in Hakk
    2012 Gunman opens fire on Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin killing six people and committing suicide
    2012 General Motors signs a record breaking $559 million marketing deal with Manchester United
    2011 Svalbard Polar Bear Attack (2011) - a rogue Polar Bear attacks and kills a British schoolboy.
    2003 A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.
    1998 The American spin-off "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", starring Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, and Wayne Brady, debuts on ABC
    1997 Soyuz TM-26 crew of Anatoly Solovyov & Pavel Vinogradov, launched
    1997 Ramzi Yousef, mastermind of world trade center bombing goes on trial
    1997 Korean Air 747 with 331 aboard crashes in Guam, 29 survive
    1996 Dallas Cowboys play KC Chiefs in Monterrey Mexico
    1995 The city of Knin, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm. The date is celebrated as the day of victory (Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day) in Croatia.
    1995 5th World Championships in Athletics open at Gothenburg, Sweden
    1994 Antonov-12 crashes at Boda, Eastern Siberia, 47 killed
    1994 Rocker Billy Idol admitted to the hospital after drug overdose
    1992 4 cops in Rodney King beating case indicted on civil rights charge
    1991 Sergei Bubka of USSR sets pole vault world record (6.10m) in Malmö Sweden
    1990 Jim Palmer & Joe Morgan inducted into hall of fame
    1990 Barb Mucha wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
    1989 General elections are held in Nicaragua with the Sandinista Front winning a majority.
    1988 Mario Biaggi (Rep-D-NY) convicted of racketeering resigns seat
    1986 US Senate votes for SDI-project ("Star Wars")
    1986 Steve Carlton is 2nd to pitch 4,000 strikeout
    1986 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway sets 5km woman's record (14:37.33)
    1986 It's revealed Andrew Wyeth of Chadds Ford, Pa, had, secretly created 240 drawings & paintings of his neighbor Helga Testorf
    1985 Establishment of a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is announced
    1985 Baseball players go on strike for 2 days
    1985 Flexible-wing glider altitude record (214,250') set by Larry Tudor
    1984 Toronto's Cliff Johnson hits record 19th career pinch HR
    1984 Lou Pinella Day at Yankee Stadium
    1984 Joan Benoit (US) wins 1st Olympic marathon for women (2:24:52)
    1984 Alice Miller wins West Virginia LPGA Golf Classic
    1982 Stephabue Hix, of Alabama, 18, crowned Miss National Teen-Ager
    1982 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1981 US President Regan fires 11,500 striking air traffic controllers
    1981 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1980 Expos Dick Williams wins his 1,000th career game as a manager
    1980 NY Met Doug Flynn ties record of 3 triples in a game
    1979 Government of Mauretania signs peace treaty with Polisario
    1979 "But Never Jam Today" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 7 performances
    1979 Varetta Shankle (Miss), crowned 12th Miss Black America
    1979 Willie Mays, Warren Giles, & Hack Wilson inducted in Hall of Fame
    1979 Phillies Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single
    1979 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Colgate European Golf Open
    1978 New Orlean Saints beat Phil Eagles 14-7 in Mexico City (NFL expo)
    1975 Phillies 1st 8 batters get hits for a record, beat Cubs 13-5
    1975 Stevie Wonder signs $13M contract with Motown
    1974 US President Richard Nixon admits he withheld information about Watergate break-in
    1974 Joan Jett forms her rock group Runaways
    1973 USSR launches Mars 6
    1973 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Pabst Ladies Golf Classic
    1973 Atlanta Braves Phil Niekro no-hits SD Padres, 9-0
    1973 Arab terrorists open fire at Athens airport, kills 3 injures 55
    1972 Moody Blues release "Nights in White Satin"
    1972 Uganda president Idi Amin throws out all 80,000 Asians
    1972 Detroit shortstop Ed Brinkman errors ends record streak of 72 games & 331 total chances without a miscue
    1971 WNPE TV channel 16 in Watertown, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
    1971 The British Parliament debate the security situation in Northern Ireland
    1970 Robert Morley's "How the Other Half Loves" premieres in London
    1970 US Black Panther leader Huey Newton let out of jail
    1969 The UVF plant their first bomb in the Republic of Ireland, damaging the RTÉ Television Centre in Dublin
    1969 Pirate Willie Stargell is 1st to hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium
    1969 Mariner 7 flies past Mars
    1968 WMCV (now WZTV) TV channel 17 in Nashville, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
    1967 Pirate Radio Station 333 (Radio Britain) & Radio London close down
    1967 Bobby Gentry releases her only hit "Ode to Billy Joe"
    1967 1st time an AFL team beats an NFL team, Broncos beats Detroit 13-7
    1966 33rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 38, All-Stars 0 (72,000)
    1966 Jose Torres beats Eddie Cotton to retain light-HW boxing title
    1966 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
    1966 Beatles release "Revolver" album in US
    1966 Martin Luther King Jr. stoned during Chicago march
    1966 Beatles release single "Yellow Submarine" with "Eleanor Rigby" in UK
    1965 Dave Marr wins PGA title
    1965 Jeff Coffin, Massachusetts, musician (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones)
    1964 Beatles record "Leave My Kitten Alone"
    1964 Congo rebellion: Christopher Gbenye/Pierre Mulele conquer Stanleyville
    1964 Ford Frick says he will not run for another term as commissioner
    1964 US begins bombing North Vietnam
    1963 Craig Breedlove sets world auto speed record at 407.45 MPH
    1963 Britain, USA & USSR sign nuclear test ban treaty
    1962 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
    1962 UN command forbids flights to Katangese airports
    1962 Nelson Mandela arrested for incitement & illeagally leaving S Africa
    1962 1st quasar located by radio
    1961 118°F (48°C), Ice Harbor Dam, Washington (state record)
    1961 Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Mont Alouettes (CFL) 34-16 in Montreal
    1960 Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) declares independence from France
    1960 Detroit trades manager Jimmy Dykes for Cleve's Joe Gordon
    1959 42.4 cm rainfall in Decatur Co, Iowa (state record)
    1959 Chicago Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 55-26 in Toronto
    1958 Philip Kapleau, Zen teacher, 1st awakening under Yasutani Roshi
    1957 Bkln Sports Authority gets an engineering report on 50,000-seat stadium in downtown area for estimated $207 million
    1957 WJZ-TV in Baltimore MD begins radio transmissions
    1957 Comic strip "Andy Capp" made its debut
    1957 "American Bandstand" premieres on network TV (ABC)
    1956 Louise Suggs wins LPGA All American Golf Open
    1956 KUAM TV channel 8 in Agana, GU (CBS/ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
    1956 WCYB TV channel 5 in Bristol-Kingsport, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
    1955 After playing 274 straight games at 2nd base, Nellie Fox is given a day off he comes back next 798 consecutive games
    1954 Patty Berg wins LPGA World Golf Championshio
    1954 Boxing Hall of Fame's 1st election selects 24 modern & 15 pioneers
    1953 Operation "Big Switch"; Korean War prisoner exchanged at Panmunjom
    1953 "From Here to Eternity" based on book by James Jones, directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra is released (Best Picture 1954)
    1951 Armed uprising in Ambonezen Camp Middelburg
    1950 Ezzard Charles KOs Freddie Beshore to retain HW boxing title
    1949 6.75 Earthquake hits Quito; about 6,000 die
    1948 Cleveland Indians set club record for most double plays in a game (6)
    1947 Netherlands ceases political action in Indonesia, due to UN pressure
    1944 US troops occupy Vannes, Brittany
    1944 US 79th/90th division occupy Laval/Mayenne
    1943 Soviet forces reconquer Orel & Bjelgorod
    1943 Sicily: 3 US A-36's bomb British headquarter
    1943 World War II: at around 11 A.M during the Battle of Troina, Mount Etna erupts sending ash and lava miles into the sky.
    1942 German troops cross Kuban River
    1942 British government cancels agreement of Munich
    1940 St Louis Brown John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings
    1940 "Acquaintance" blows-up Zandvoortse synagouge
    1938 33rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Philadelphia (3-2)
    1937 Ranger (US) beats Endeavour II (England) in 17th America's Cup
    1936 At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his 3rd Olympic medal
    1932 Clyde Barrow and two associates kill Sheriff C.G. Maxwell and his deputy, Eugene C. Moore, the first time the Barrow gang killed a lawman
    1931 Det Tiger Tommy Bridges perfect game is broken up with 2 outs in 9th
    1927 Phillies Cy Williams hits for cycle in just 4 at bats
    1926 Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1½ hrs before escaping
    1926 1st talkie movie "Don Juan" at Warner Theatre, NY
    1926 French & German trade agreement signed
    1925 Plaid Cymru is formed with the aim of disseminating knowledge of the Welsh language, which is in danger of dying out.
    1924 Comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray debuts
    1923 1st American to swim English Channel (Henry Sullivan)
    1921 1st radio baseball broadcast Pirates-8, Phillies-0 (KDKA, Pitts)
    1921 Treaty of Berlin: US & Germany sign separate peace treaty
    1917 British troops attack canal of Ypres in Boesinghe Belgium
    1917 The entire US National Guard is taken into national service, subject to presidential rather than state control
    1915 Warsaw, evacuated by the Russians, is occupied by Germans
    1915 The Latin-American Conference Convenes in Washington, with representatives from leading South American nations joining the US to discuss conditions in Mexico
    1914 Montenegro declares war against Austria-Hungary in World War I
    1914 1st electric traffic light installed in the USA on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio
    1914 Cuba, Uruguay, Mexico & Argentina proclaim neutrality in WW I
    1914 Westerschelde leaves due to German invasion in Belgium
    1914 US and Nicaragua sign treaty granting canal rights to US
    1914 Massive German assault on forts around Liège
    1914 Dutch Cort Van de Linden government issues silver bonds as money
    1912 Japan's first taxicab service begins in Ginza, Tokyo.
    1905 First meeting of the Russian and Japanese peace commissioners takes place in US President Roosevelt's home at Oyster Bay, New York
    1901 Peter O'Connor of Ireland, sets then long jump record at 24' 11 3/4"
    1900 In Russia, anti-Jewish riots spread from Odessa into other parts of the country
    1891 1st travelers checks issued (American Express)
    1890 British & French accord to divide African colonization
    1884 Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe's Island (NYC)
    1882 Standard Oil of New Jersey is established.
    1882 Martial law is imposed in Japan.
    1877 Henry Morton Stanley's letter in order to aid reaches Boma at Congo
    1874 Japan launches its postal savings system, modeled after a similar system in England.
    1864 US Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay won by the Union led by Rear Admiral Farragut with the cry "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"
    1864 Spectrum of a comet observed for 1st time, by Giovanni Donati
    1862 Battle of Baton Rouge, LA
    1861 Naval Engagement at Fernandina, FL-USS Vincennes ends rebel blockade
    1861 US levies its 1st Income Tax (3% of incomes over $800)
    1861 Enlistment increases from 3 months to 2 years
    1861 US Army abolishes flogging
    1860 Carl IV of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Norway in Trondheim.
    1858 Cyrus W Field completes 1st transatlantic telegraph cable
    1846 Oregon territory divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel
    1837 1st ascent of Mt Marcy (5,344') highest in Adirondack, NY
    1812 War of : Tecumseh's Native American force ambushes Thomas Van Horne's 200 Americans at Brownstone Creek, causing them to flee and retreat.
    1781 Battle at Dogger Bank: Dutch fleet vs English fleet
    1775 1st Spanish ship, San Carlos, enters SF Bay
    1772 1st Partition of Poland between Austria, Prussia and Russia is made public
    1763 Pontiac's War: Battle of Bushy Run - British forces led by Henry Bouquet defeat Chief Pontiac's Indians at Bushy Run.
    1745 Jacobite Rising 1745: Jacobite forces capture British company of troops under Captain Scott
    1716 Battle of Petrovaradin/Peterwardein: Habsburgs under Eugene of Savoy defeat the Turks in a decisive victory
    1689 1,500 Iroquois attack the village of Lachine, in New France.
    1667 State of Holland obtain Eternal Edict
    1666 English fleet beats Dutch under Michiel de Ruyter
    1654 French troops occupy Stenay
    1587 Spanish troops conquer Lock
    1583 Humphrey Gilbert claims Newfoundland for the British crown - first English colony in North America and the beginning of the British Empire
    1543 French & Turkish troops occupy Nice
    1435 Battle at Ponza: king Alfonso V of Aragon captured by Genuezen
    1420 Duke John VI of Bavaria visits "Christ's bride"/virgin Liduina
    1399 Battle at Worskla: Tataren beat Russians & Litouwers
    1391 Castilian sailors fire attack Jewish ghetto of Barcelona, 100's killed
    1388 Battle of Otterburn, a border skirmish between the Scottish and the English in Northern England.
    1305 William Wallace, who led Scottish resistance to England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London for trial and execution.
    1264 Anti-Jewish riots break out in Arnstadt Germany
    1100 Henry I is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey
    1071 Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes captured/Islam advances through Europe
    910 The last major Viking army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward and Earl Aethelred.
    642 Battle of Maserfield - Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Bernicia.
    135 Betar last outpost of Bar Kochba falls to Rome
    25Guangwu claims the throne as emperor, restoring the Han dynasty after the collapse of the short-lived Xin dynasty.
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