August 5th History, Trivia and Fun Facts
August 5th History Highlights
August 5th is…
Chile Pepper Day
Work Like a Dog Day
August 5 Birthday Quotes
” It’s the person who has done nothing who is sure nothing can be done.”
” One should be willing to throw away a dozen ideas to come up with a good one, just as one should throw away a dozen words to come up with the right one.”
” Look up the definition of rejection in the dictionary, get really comfortable with it, and then maybe you can go into acting.”
“People complain that pro athletes make a lot of money, but what they don’t understand is that we need a lot of money because we spend a lot of money.”
Neil Armstrong Birthday Quotes
“This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”
“Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky.”
August 5th Birthdays
1880 – Gertrude Rush, American lawyer and jurist (died in 1962)
1887 – Reginald Owen, English-American actor, and singer (died in 1972)
1889 – Conrad Aiken, American novelist, short story writer, critic, and poet (died in 1973)
1929 – Don Matheson, American actor (died in 2014)
1930 – Neil Armstrong, American astronaut (died in 2012)
1935 – John Saxon, American character actor (died in 2020)
1941 – Bob Clark, American director, producer, and screenwriter (died in 2007)
1945 – Loni Anderson, American actress
1947 – Rick Derringer, American singer-songwriter
1962 – Patrick Ewing, Jamaican-American basketball player
1970 – James Gunn, American director, producer, and screenwriter
1989 – Jessica Nigri, American model and cosplayer
August 5th History
1305 – William Wallace, who led the Scottish resistance against England, was captured, tried, and executed near Glasgow. Mel Gibson starred in a dramatization of the story in Braveheart.
1620 – The Mayflower departed from Southampton, England, headed towards North America.
1861 – In order to help pay for the war effort, the United States government levied the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% over $800)
1882 – The Standard Oil of New Jersey was established. Standard+Oil=SO=Esso, now Exxon.
1884 – The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, was laid on Bedloe’s Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor.
1888 – Germany’s Bertha Benz drove from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in the first long-distance automobile trip
1914 – Cleveland, Ohio, installed the first electric traffic light.
1921 – KDKA of Pittsburgh broadcasts first baseball game over radio, the Pittsburgh Pirates beating the Philadelphia Phillies (8-5).
August 5, 1924 – 1st appearance Little Orphan Annie, Comic Strip
1926 – Harry Houdini performed one of his greatest stunts, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.
1933 – The comic strip, Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray, debuted
1957 – American Bandstand debuted on the ABC television network, with host Dick Clark. The show began locally on Philadelphia television station WFIL-TV Channel 6 (now WPVI-TV) in 1952.
1978 – #1 Hit August 5, 1978 – August 11, 1978: The Rolling Stones – Miss You
1981 – US President Ronald Reagan fired 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.
1989 – #1 Hit August 5, 1989 – August 11, 1989: Prince – Batdance
2001 – Cable network Odyssey was renamed to Hallmark Channel.
2011 – Standard & Poor’s lowered the United States’ AAA credit rating by one notch, to AA-plus.
August 5, 2011 – Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension aired on The Disney Channel
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
“The nerve of those Whos. Inviting me down there – and on such short notice.” – The Grinch #moviequotes
In the movie “Chef”, Carl Casper (Jon Favreau, Director of Iron Man 1 & 2) and his kid were watching Iron Man in the movie theater.
“And a one, and a two…” #TVCatchphrase
Notice the big letter on the face of the dollar bill? Each letter represents which Federal Reserve Bank printed it! “G” is for Chicago
Useless Pronunciation: E as in eye.
“The road to success is always under construction.” – Lily Tomlin
Kwyjibo – the Simpsons – Bart Simpson’s Scrabble word
Malcolm X – Real Name: Malcolm Little
Procrastination is a dish best served eventually.
The hottest chile in the world is the habanero.
“I see dead people.” – Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) #moviequotes
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