Once Upon A Time – August 5 – 1914 – 1st Electric Traffic Light Installed In The USA

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

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 Humphrey Gilbert claims Newfoundland for the British crown, the first English colony in North America and the beginning of the British Empire

1716 Battle of Petrovaradin [Peterwardein]: Habsburgs under Eugene of Savoy defeat the Turks in a decisive victory

1864 Battle of Mobile Bay, won by the Union Army led by Rear Admiral David Farragut with the cry “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” (US Civil War)

Historical Events Today

Today in Film & TV

1957 “American Bandstand” premieres on network TV (ABC)

Today in Music

1966 The Beatles release single “Yellow Submarine” with “Eleanor Rigby” in the UK

Today in Sport

1936 American athlete Jesse Owens wins 200m in world record time (20.7s), his 3rd gold medal of the Berlin Olympics

More Facts..

19141st electric traffic light installed in the USA on the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio

1926 Harry Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1½ hrs before escaping

Famous Weddings

1764 Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II (17) weds queen Maria Luisa of Spain (18) in Innsbruck, Austria

1885 Author Arthur Conan Doyle (26) weds Louisa Hawkins

1920 Actor John Barrymore (38) marries second wife author and actress Blanche Oelrichs (29) (divorced 1928)

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