August 5 is the 217th day (218th day in a leap year) in the Gregorian calendar.
1100 - Henry I is crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.
1324 - Blitar Regency, East Java, is formed under Majapahit rule.
1947 - Dutch Military Aggression I ends.
1858 - A team led by Cyrus Field completes the first trans-Atlantic telegraph cable project.
1960 - Burkina Faso declares its independence.
1962 - Soekarno, President of the Republic of Indonesia, inaugurated Hotel Indonesia.
1985 - First broadcast of TVRI South Kalimantan.
2003 - The 2003 JW Marriott bombs kill 12 people and injure 150.
2007 - Girls' Generation debuted. They performed the song Into The New World on SBS Inkigayo.
2011 - Yingluck Shinawatra replaces Abhisit Vejjajiva as Prime Minister of Thailand.
2016 - Opening of the 2016 Summer Olympics.
2018 - An earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter scale rocked Lombok Indonesia and 555 people died.
1850 - Guy de Maupassant, French writer (d. 1893).
1874 - Wesley Clair Mitchell, United States economist (d. 1948).
1905 - Wassily Leontief, Russian-American economist who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1973 (d. 1999).
1906 - John Huston, American actor and director (d. 1987).
1908 – Harold Holt, 17th Prime Minister of Australia (d. 1967).
1923 - Devan Nair, President of Singapore (d. 2005).
1930 - Neil Armstrong, United States astronaut.
1934 - Sjuman Djaya, Indonesian writer and director (d. 1985).
1948 - Baldwin Lonsdale, Vanuatu politician (d. 2017)
1959 - Pat Smear Musician, American Foo fighters guitarist
1962 - Patrick Ewing, United States basketball player
1968 - Marine Le Pen, French politician.
1968 - Colin McRae, Scottish racer (d. 2007).
1974 - Kajol Devgan, Bollywood actress
1980 – Wayne Bridge, English footballer.
1985 – Salomon Kalou, Ivory Coast footballer.
1989 – Ryan Bertrand, English footballer.
1991 - Andreas Weimann, Austrian footballer
1997 - Olivia Holt, American actress.
1999 - Lesti Kejora, Indonesian singer
2003 - Zahra Nur Khaulah, member of idol group JKT48
1895 - Friedrich Engels, German political theorist (b. 1820).
1946 – Wilhelm Marx, Chancellor of Germany (b. 1863).
1960 – Arthur Meighen, 9th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1874).
1962 - Marilyn Monroe, American actress (b. 1926).
1984 - Richard Burton, Welsh actor (b. 1925).
1992 - Soichiro Honda, founder of the Honda Motor Company (b. 1906).
2000 - Alec Guinness, British actor (b. 1914).
2016 – Alphons Egli, Member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1924).
2018 - Aji Muhammad Salehuddin II Sultan Kutai Kartanegara (b.1924)
Holidays and anniversaries
Burkina Faso - Independence Day4 August - 5 August - 6 August