What Happened on August 5


Historical Events

1962 – 1st quasar located by radio
1973 – Arab terrorists open fire at Athens airport, kill 3 injure 55
1975 – Stevie Wonder signs a 7-year, 7 album, with $13 million advance contract with Motown Records
1978 – New Orleans Saints beat Philadelphia Eagles 14-7 in an NFL exhibition at Mexico City’s Olympic Stadium
2005 – NBA announces Las Vegas will host the 2007 All Star game; first time event will be held in a city without an NBA team
2022 – Actress Anne Heche crashes her car into a house in Mar Vista, Los Angeles, igniting a fire that puts her in a coma and destroys much of the house

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Famous Birthdays

1872 – Oswaldo Cruz, Brazilian physician and epidemiologist, born in São Luis do Paraitinga, Brazil (d. 1917)
1890 – Naum Gabo [Pevsner], Russian-American sculptor (Stillife Flower), born in Bryans, Russian Empire (d. 1977)
1902 – Irene Rice Pereira, American abstract artist, born in Chelsea, Massachusetts (d. 1971)
1910 – Nan Gindele, US javelin thrower (World Record 1932-38), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1992)
1988 – Federica Pellegrini, Italian swimmer (world record 200 meters, Olympic Gold 2008), born in Mirano, Italy
1989 – Shanshan Feng, Chinese golfer (Women’s PGA C’ship 2012), born in Guangzhou, China

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Famous Deaths

1644 – J. Henry Alting, German theologist (Statenvertaling), dies at 61
1944 – Maurice Turnbull, Welsh cricketer (England) rugby player (Wales), dies fighting in WWII at 38
1950 – Emil Abderhalden, Swiss physiologist and biochemist, dies at 73
1993 – Randy Hobbs, American rock musician (Johnny Winter Band; McCoys), dies of heart failure at 45
2014 – Chapman Pincher, British journalist and author (about secret service), dies at 100
2015 – George Cole, English actor (Minder), dies at 90

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