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August 5 Birthdays

Neil Armstrong
1930–2012, American astronaut born in Wapakoneta, Ohio. First man on the moon.

Guy de Maupassant
author (1850)

Conrad Aiken
author (1889)

John Huston
filmmaker (1906)

Patrick Ewing
basketball player (1962)

August 5 in History


For the first time, the U.S. government levied an income tax.


The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe's Island.


The first electric traffic lights were installed in Cleveland, Ohio.


Marilyn Monroe died.


The United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union signed the limited Test Ban Treaty, which prohibited nuclear weapon tests in the atmosphere, in outer space, and underwater.


The U.S. space probe Mariner 7 transmitted pictures of Mars.


Joan Benoit won the first Olympic women's marathon.


The gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor was raised from the ocean floor.


The Rev. Gene Robinson was approved as the first openly gay bishop by the U.S. Episcopal Church.


The plutonium-powered rover Curiosity successfully lands on Mars. Larger than earlier rovers, Curiosity will spend two years examining the land, looking for evidence that conditions on Mars are fit for life.

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