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Calendar for August 5th, 2013

880s

  • Died 882: King Louis III of France

  • 1540s

  • Born 1540: Joseph Justus Scaliger (historian)

  • 1580s

  • 1583: Sir Humphrey Gilbert established the first English colony in North America, what is now St John's, Newfoundland

  • 1740s

  • Born 1749: Thomas Lynch (signer of the Declaration of Independence)

  • 1860s

  • 1861: The United States government issued its first income tax

  • 1870s

  • 1870: Supreme Lodge of Knights of Pythias incorporated

  • Born 1877: Tom Thomson (painter)

  • 1880s

  • 1884: Cornerstone for pedestal of Statue of Liberty laid

  • Born 1889: Conrad Aiken (poet)

  • 1910s

  • 1914: The first electric traffic light installed, Cleveland, Ohio

  • 1920s

  • 1924: Little Orphan Annie made her comic strip debut

  • 1930s

  • Born 1930: Neil Armstrong (astronaut; first to set foot on the Moon)

  • 1950s

  • Died 1955: Carmen Miranda (actress & singer)

  • Born 1956: Maureen McCormick (actress)

  • Died 1959: Edgar Guest (poet)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1962: Patrick Ewing (basketball player)

  • Died 1962: Marilyn Monroe (actress)

  • 1980s

  • Died 1984: Richard Burton (actor)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2000: Sir Alec Guinness (actor)

  • 2002: Gun turret and artifacts of Civil War U.S.S. Monitor recovered

  • Died 2002: Chick Hearn (basketball announcer, coined the phrases "slam dunk" and "airball")

  • 2004: Ralston reservoir dam broke near Auburn, California, sending a 3-foot-high wall of water down the American River

  • 2006: Brown booby spotted, Virginia Beach, VA


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