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On This Day in History – August 5th – Almanac


UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 5, 2022

The 11-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter of shooting victim Prakash Singh are are comforted by mourners at a memorial service and visitation August 10, 2012, for six members of the Sikh temple mass murder at Oak Creek High School in Oak Creek, Wis. Wade Michael Page, a member of a racist neo-nazi group, has been identified as the lone gunman who killed six people, and then himself, during Sunday services at the Sikh Temple August 5. File Photo by Allen Fredrickson/UPI | License Photo

Today is Friday, Aug. 5, the 217th day of 2022 with 148 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Leo. They include French novelist Guy de Maupassant in 1850; Joseph Merrick, subject of The Elephant Man, in 1889; U.S. Gen. Hazel Johnson in 1927; film director John Huston in 1906; astronaut Neil Armstrong in 1930; hockey Hall of Fame member Herb Brooks in 1937; actor Loni Anderson in 1945 (age 77); actor Maureen McCormick in 1956 (age 66); singer Pete Burns in 1959; basketball Hall of Fame member Patrick Ewing in 1962 (age 60); actor Jonathan Silverman in 1966 (age 56); director James Gunn in 1966 (age 56); rapper Adam Yauch in 1964; actor Jesse Williams in 1981 (age 41); rapper Travie McCoy in 1981 (age 41); Olympic runner/bobsledder Lolo Jones in 1982 (age 40); actor Adam Irigoyen in 1997 (age 25); actor Olivia Holt in 1997 (age 25); actor Albert Tsai in 2004 (age 18).

On this date in history:

In 1833, Chicago, with a population of about 200, was incorporated as a village.

In 1858, after several unsuccessful attempts, the first telegraph line across the Atlantic Ocean was completed.

In 1861, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln approved the first federal income tax. A wartime measure, it was rescinded in 1872.

In 1944, Polish underground forces freed hundreds of Jewish prisoners from the Gęsiowka Nazi work camp in an attempt to retake Warsaw from the Germans, a battle known as the Warsaw Uprising.

In 1949, an estimated 6,000 people were killed and about 20,000 injured in an earthquake that destroyed dozens of towns in Ecuador.

In 1957, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand began airing nationally. Clark, who hosted the show for decades, as well as New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, died April 2012.

In 1962, Marilyn Monroe died of an overdose of barbiturates. She was 35.

In 1974, U.S. President Richard Nixon admitted ordering the Watergate investigation halted six days after the break-in. Nixon said he expected to be impeached.

In 1981, by executive order, U.S. President Ronald Reagan fired 11,359 air-traffic controllers on strike over failed negotiations to raise their pay and shorten their workweek.

In 1991, Iraq said it misled U.N. inspectors about secret biological weapons and also admitted extracting plutonium from fuel at a nuclear plant.

In 2003, U.S. Episcopal officials approved election of the church’s first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.

In 2007, U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law a bill to allow government eavesdropping of telephone conversations and email of U.S. citizens without a warrant if there’s “reasonable belief” that one party isn’t in the United States.

In 2010, the U.S. Senate cleared the way for Solicitor General Elena Kagan to become the newest member of the Supreme Court when it voted 63-37 to confirm her nomination by President Barack Obama. She was sworn in two days later to succeed the retiring John Stevens.

In 2012, a gunman police described as a white supremacist shot six people to death, injured four others, then killed himself at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. The victims were one woman and five men, and ranged in age from 39 to 84. Police treated the shooting as a domestic terrorism incident.

In 2016, the Summer Olympics opening ceremony kicked off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In 2019, the Indian government announced plans to strip autonomy from the predominantly Muslim Kashmir region.

In 2021, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts announced he’d be unable to travel with the band on tour following a medical procedure. He died later that month.

A thought for the day: “Ingratitude is one of the worst passions that reigns in the human breast; it is this that cuts the tender fibers of the soul.” — American teacher/activist Maria W. Stewart

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