Historical Events for August 5th

1305 – William Wallace, who led Scottish resistance to England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London for trial and execution.
1583 – Gilbert claims Newfoundland (1st English colony in North America)
1620 – The Mayflower departs Southampton, England.
1772 – 1st partition of Poland, between Austria, Prussia & Russia
1775 – 1st Spanish ship, San Carlos, enters SF Bay
1858 – First transatlantic telegraph cable laid
1877 – Henry Morton Stanley’s letter in order to aid reaches Boma at Congo
1884 – Cornerstone for Statue of Liberty laid on Bedloe’s Island (NYC)
1891 – 1st travelers checks issued (American Express)
1914 – 1st traffic light installed (Euclid Ave. & E. 105th St, Cleveland)
1924 – Comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” by Harold Gray, debuts
1926 – Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1
1957 – “American Bandstand,” goes on network TV (ABC)
1966 – Beatles release “Yellow Submarine” and “Eleanor Rigby” in UK
1967 – Bobby Gentry releases her only hit “Ode to Billy Joe”
1972 – Moody Blues release “Nights in White Satin”
1979 – Willie Mays, Warren Giles, and Hack Wilson inducted in Hall of Fame

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