August 5 is the 217th day of the Gregorian calendar (218th if it is a leap year).
1392 - Joseon was founded on the Korean Peninsula by Lee Seong-gye. The Goryeo general, Seong-gye Lee, abdicated King Gongyang and became the new king, and later used the name of Joseon.
1907 - Soldiers of the Wonju Jinwi Guard revolt against the dissolution of the army.
1922 - Korea's first maker product, 'Daejanggun', a black rubber shoe, was produced by Daeryuk Rubber Co., Ltd.
1948 - The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea approves Kim Byung-ro, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
1952 - Elections for the 2nd and 3rd vice presidents of the Republic of Korea are held. Syngman Rhee is elected president and Taeyoung Ham is elected vice president.
1953 - The exchange of prisoners of war between North and South Korea begins at Panmunjom.
1956 - Election of members of the 2nd local council of the Republic of Korea (si/eup/myeon councils).
1960 - Independence of Burkina Faso.
1961 - The Military Assistance Agency (currently the Ministry of Veterans Affairs) was established.
1983 - A Chinese airliner first passes through the Korea Aviation Information Area.
1987 - Roh Tae-woo, president of the Democratic Justice Party, takes office.
1993 - The remains of 5 patriotic ancestors including Eun-sik Park, Shin-shik Shin, Baek-rin Noh, In-jeon Kim, and Tae-guk Ahn were transported from Shanghai.
1995 - US-Vietnam resumes diplomatic relations 20 years after defeat in Vietnam War.
1998 - Korean Air Flight 8702 deviated from the runway.
2000 - Presidents of 46 South Korean media companies visit North Korea at the invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il
2007 - The United Democratic Party was founded, led by the Uri Party and civil society forces.
2010 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Nagasaki, where the atomic bomb was dropped, making him the first UN Secretary-General.
2011 - International credit rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) downgraded the U.S. national credit rating by one notch from AAA to AA+. As a result, the credit ratings of the US government bonds, the world's largest economy, are lower than those of the UK, Germany, France and Canada.
2013 - A Korean Air Boeing 737-900 departs the runway at Niigata Airport, Japan. Fortunately, the 116 passengers and crew survived.
2014 - A sinkhole was discovered in an underground road near Seokchon-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, and the vehicle was controlled for several hours.
Two trains derailed in Madhya Pradesh, central India, killing 32 people and injuring more than 70.
Fragments found on the French island of Reunion in East Africa have been identified as the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which went missing in March 2014.
1434 - Started operation of Jagyeongnu in Joseon.
1941 - Started transmission of the Yalu River Supung Power Plant.
1947 - Goryeo Records, the first successful record production by a Korean technical team.
1963 - Kim Hwan-ran, president of Ewha Womans University, received the Magsaysay Award.
1974 - Established Samsung Heavy Industries.
1982 - Qingdao Liuting International Airport opens in Qingdao City, People's Republic of China.
1995 - Korea's first artificial satellite, Mugunghwa-1, successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, USA.
2001 - Se-ri Pak and Mi-hyun Kim, 1st and 2nd place on the LPGA Tour British Women's Open.
2004 - Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport opens in People's Republic of China.
Korea's 9-member female group Girls' Generation debut, their debut song Meets the world again.
Korea's real road wild variety, Kang Ho-dong's 1 Night 2 Days first broadcast.
2013 - SM Entertainment's group EXO released "The 1st Album 'XOXO' Repackage".
2014 - Construction of new office building in Ilsan, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea Education & Broadcasting Corporation.
2016 - The 2016 Summer Olympics opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2019 - Release of Seventeen HIT, a group under Pledis Entertainment.
1681 – Vitus Bering, a Russian navigator and explorer from Denmark.
1762 – Jeong Yak-yong, a Silhak scholar during the reign of King Jeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty.