Today in History - August 5


1071 - Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes captured/Islam advances through Europe
1391 - Jews are massacred in Toledo and Barcelona Spain
1399 - Battle at Worskla - Tataren beat Russians and Litouwers
1543 - French and Turkish troops occupy Nice
1583 - Gilbert claims Newfoundland - 1st English colony in North America
1587 - Spanish troops conquer Lock
1654 - French troops occupy Stenay
1716 - Battle at Peterwardein - Eugenius van Savoye beats Turks
1772 - 1st partition of Poland, between Austria, Prussia and Russia
1775 - 1st Spanish ship, San Carlos, enters San Francisco Bay
1846 - Oregon country divided between U.S. and Britain at 49th parallel
1858 - Cyrus W. Field completes 1st transatlantic telegraph cable
1861 - U.S. Army abolishes flogging
1864 -  Spectrum of a comet observed for 1st time, by Giovanni Donati
1890 - British and French accord to divide African colonization
1891 - 1st travelers checks issues, American Express
1914 - Montenegro declares war against Austria-Hungary in World War II
1914 - Dutch Cort Van de Linden government issues silver bonds as money
1914 - First traffic light installed, at Cleveland
1923 - First American to swim English Channel,Henry Sullivan
1926 - First talkie movie "Don Juan" released at Warner Theater, New York
1942 - British government cancels agreement of Munich
1945 - Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan
1962 - First quasar located by radio
1963 - U.S., U.S.S.R. and Great Britain agree to discuss banning nuclear testing
1964 - U.S. begins bombing North Vietnam
1966 - Martin Luther King, Jr. stoned during Chicago march
1973 - U.S.S.R. launches Mars 6
2012 - Andy Murray wins gold medal in tennis for Britain during the 2012 Summer Olympics
2013 - The Washington Post is purchased by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos
2014 - Over 1.2 billion security credentials have been stolen in Russian-led hacking ring.

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