August 5 or August 5 or 8/5 (the fifth day of the eighth month) is the two hundred seventeenth (217) day of simple years, or the eighteenth day two hundred (218) of the leap years according to the Western Gregorian calendar (Gregorian). There are 148 days left until the end of the year.
1858 - The first transatlantic telegraph line is established.
1876 - The publication of the first issue of Al-Ahram newspaper.
1907 - Two French warships bombard the city of Casablanca, after killing four Frenchmen in the city.
1919 - The start of the Turkish military revolution led by Mustafa Kemal against the Ottoman rule.
1914 - The first traffic light in history is installed in the American city of Cleveland.
1947 - The Tunisian General Labor Union staged a general strike in the city of Sfax, which led to a clash with the French forces and dozens of casualties.
1962 - American seduction actress Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her apartment after taking an overdose of sleeping pills.
Kuwait and Saudi Arabia accept the division of the neutral zone between them into two parts, one part joining Kuwait and another part of Saudi Arabia.
The United States, the Soviet Union, and the United Kingdom sign the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
1966 - Spain bans British planes from flying over its territory due to the dispute over Gibraltar.
1981 - US President Ronald Reagan dismisses 11,359 air traffic officials for refusing to return to work and to continue to strike.
2003 - The Crown Prince of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, relinquishes his position in favor of his brother, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who was appointed by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
2007 - Parliamentary elections in the second districts of Beirut and North Matn to elect replacements for the assassinated parliamentarians Pierre Amin Gemayel and Walid Eido, without the signature of President Emile Lahoud because he considers all government actions illegal. The elections led to the victory of the Free Patriotic Movement candidate in the Matn and the Future Movement candidate in Beirut .
Inauguration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as President of Iran for a second term.
General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is sworn in as Mauritania's president, a year after the coup he led.
2010 – The Copiapo mine collapse in Chile traps 33 miners about 700 meters underground.
Wreckage found on the beaches of La Reunion Island was found to belong to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which had been missing since March 2014.
Ten thousand firefighters are facing wildfires in California, and one of them is killed.
2016 - At least 90 people were killed, injured and arrested