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5 August: On this day in history

What events happened on 5 August in history? We round up the events, births and deaths…

Published: August 5, 2022 at 4:05 am
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5 August 910

An army of West Saxons and Mercians under King Edward the Elder, the son of Alfred the Great, defeated the Northumbrian Danes at Wednesfield near Tettenhall, Wolverhampton.

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5 August 1711

The Duke of Marlborough forced the supposedly impregnable Lines of Ne Plus Ultra, a series of defences built by the French to protect their northern frontier. He then went on to besiege and capture Bouchain.


5 August 1869

Birth in Taunton, Somerset of historian and travel writer Alexander William Kinglake. His best-known work is his massive Invasion of the Crimea, which was published in eight volumes, the first in 1863 and the last nearly 25 years later.


5 August 1888

Bertha Benz makes the world’s first long-distance car journey, to visit her mother. She drives all day, covering 66 miles from Mannheim to Pforzheim.

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5 August 1962

Marilyn Monroe was found dead in the bedroom of her los Angeles home with a bottle of sleeping pills by her side.

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