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August 5th History

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August 5th In Pop Culture History

1305 - William Wallace, who led the Scottish resistance against England, was captured by the English 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.

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

Neil Armstrong Quotes

This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
-Neil Armstrong

"Good Luck, Mr. Gorsky."
-Neal Armstrong, based on a promise Mrs. Gorsky make to Mr. Gorsky about a man landing on the moon Neal heard as a child, maybe.

Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Neil Armstrong (1931)
Patrick Ewing (1962)
Loni Anderson (1946)
John Huston (1906)
Maureen McCormick (1956)
Travis McCoy (1981)
Joseph Merrick (1862)

A duck's quack does not echo. (actually, there is a slight echo-ey sound, according to TV's Mythbusters)

Brady Bunch Address:
Carol, Mike, Greg. Marcia, Jan, Peter, Bobby, Cindy and Alice Nelson lived at
11222 Dilling St., Studio City, California, NOT the fictional 4222 Clinton Way, somewhere around Los Angeles


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