August 5th

2012
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.
Curiosity (rover)
2011
Standard & Poor's lowered the United States' AAA credit rating by one notch to AA-plus.
SQL:2011
2010
Thirty-three workers were trapped in a copper mine in northern Chile after a tunnel caved in. (They were rescued after being entombed for 69 days).
2010 Copiapó mining accident
2009
General Abdel Aziz sworn in as President of Mauritania. General Abdel Aziz, who came to power in a coup in 2008, was sworn in as the President of Mauritania after elections in 2009.
Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
2003
The Rev. Gene Robinson was approved as the first openly gay bishop by the U.S. Episcopal Church.
Gene Robinson
2002
The gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor was raised from the ocean floor.
USS Monitor
2001
Afghanistan's ruling Taliban jailed eight foreign aid workers, including two Americans, for allegedly preaching Christianity.
Taliban
1984
Joan Benoit won the first Olympic women's marathon.
Joan Benoit
1981
The federal government began firing striking air traffic controllers.
Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (1968)
1969
The U.S. space probe Mariner 7 flew by Mars, sending back photographs and scientific data.
Mariner 6 and 7
1966
The album 'Revolver' by the Beatles was released.
Revolver (Beatles album)
1963
Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty is Signed. Also known as the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the document was signed by the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States in Moscow. The treaty, which came as a response to the heightening tensions due to the frequent testing of nuclear weapons by the these 3 countries during the Cold War, banned the testing of nuclear weapons anywhere on land, over water or in space. Underground testing was still allowed under the treaty, until it was also banned in 1996 after the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty came into force.
Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
1962
Nelson Mandela is Arrested. The South African anti-apartheid activist and adherent of nonviolence was arrested by the government at Rivonia, a suburb of Johannesburg. After a year-long trial, Mandela was imprisoned at the infamous Robben Island prison where we spent the next 18 years. He was released from prison in 1990 after spending 28 years as a political prisoner. In the early 1990s, after intense international and domestic pressure, in part from the efforts of Mandela, the South African government started taking steps to end apartheid – a government policy of racial segregation and discrimination. As a result, Mandela was elected the country’s first black president in 1994.
Nelson Mandela
1960
Burkina Faso gains its Independence. The landlocked West African country, known as Upper Vota until 1984, became a French protectorate in the late 19th century. In 1958, the Republic of Upper Volta was created as a self-governing French colony. After independence, Maurice Yaméogo became the first president of the country, whose name was changed to Burkina Faso in 1984.
Burkina Faso
1957
'American Bandstand', hosted by Dick Clark, made its network TV debut on ABC.
American Bandstand
1940
Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic is established. The Soviet Union added Latvia to the union as the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic.
Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic
1930
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio.
Neil Armstrong
1924
The comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" by Harold Gray made its debut.
Little Orphan Annie
1914
1st electric traffic light installed in the USA on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.
Lester Wire
1884
The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor.
Liberty Island
1864
US Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay won by the Union led by Rear Admiral Farragut with the cry 'Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!.
Battle of Mobile Bay
1861
The federal government levied an income tax for the first time.
Revenue Act of 1861
1716
Battle of Petrovaradin/Peterwardein: Habsburgs under Eugene of Savoy defeat the Turks in a decisive victory.
Battle of Petrovaradin
1305
William Wallace, who led Scottish resistance to England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London for trial and execution.
William Wallace
910
The last major Viking army to raid England is defeated at the Battle of Tettenhall by the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, led by King Edward and Earl Aethelred.
Battle of Tettenhall