5th August

Born on this Day 5th August

1862 Joseph Merrick
1906 John Huston
1908 The Hon. Miriam Rothschild
1930 Prof.Neil Armstrong
1942 Rick Huxley
1946 Loni Anderson
1948 Barbara Flynn
1951 Jan Francis
1955 John Whitaker

Died On This Day

1955 Carmen Miranda
1962 Marilyn Monroe
1984 Richard Burton
2001 Sir Alec Guiness


1965 Sonny and Cher made their UK debut at London’s 100 club.

1980 The Osmonds disbanded.

1981 Olivia Newton-John received her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


1970 Penalty kicks were used as a tiebreaker in a first-class English football match for the first time during the game between Hull City and Manchester United.

1986 Princess Anne recorded her first victory in her 13th ride as an amateur jockey, riding Gulfland at Redcar

1992 Sally Gunnell won an Olympic gold in the hurdles at Barcelona

1994 England stood at 477-9 on the second day of the Headingley Test against South Africa.

People & Showbiz

1962 ANC leader Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment for attempting to overthrow the South African government..

1994 American comedian Bill Cosby was ordered to pay damages of 20 cents for assaulting a photographer. The photographer had attempted to sue the star for $20 million.

1997 A survey for The Times by Opinion Leader Research showed that the general public were overwhelmingly behind Prince Charles over whether he should be free to marry after his divorce from Diana, Princess of Wales.

General Events

1993 57 students had to retake their exams for banking qualifications at Sutton Colfield of FE, West Midlands after the Royal Mail’s Parcelforce lost their papers.

1994 Former dental nurse Julie Kelly accused of abducting baby Abbie Humphries, was freed on bail to a secret location on condition she did not try to contact the baby’s parents.

1994 NATO warplanes destroyed one of the guns reclaimed by Bosnian Serbs that violated the heavy-weapons exclusion zone around Sarajevo.

1995 A new invention developed by Southampton University picks up offending sounds and bounces them back in the same direction.

1996 A new hotline was introduced to allow neighbours to report anyone they know to be making fraudulent benefit claims.

1997 The estimated 28,000 students who were expecting to have a year off after college before going to university were warned they could lose their places as some 50,000 people rushed to grab the remaining free university places before new education charges came into effect.

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