History of 5 August

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  • 1990 – U.S. President George H.W. Bush angrily denounced the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
  • 1991 – An investigation was formally launched by Democratic congressional leaders to find out if the release of American hostages was delayed until after the Reagan-Bush presidential election.
  • 1991 – Iraq admitted to misleading U.N. inspectors about secret biological weapons.
  • 1992 – Federal civil rights charges were filed against four Los Angeles police officers. The officers had been acquitted on California State charges. Two of the officers were convicted and jailed on violation of civil rights charges.
  • 1998 – Iraqi President Saddam Hussein began not cooperating with U.N. weapons inspectors.
  • 1999 – Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) hit his 500th career homerun. He also set a record for the fewest at-bats to hit the 500 homerun mark.
  • 2002 – The U.S. closed its consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. The consulate was closed after local authorities removed large concrete blocks and reopened the road in front of the building to normal traffic.
  • 2009 – Google purchased its first public company. The company was the video software maker On2 Technologies.
  • 2011 – NASA announced that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had captured photographic evidence of possible liquid water on Mars during warm seasons.
  • 2011 – Juno was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a mission to Jupiter. It was the first solar-powered spacecraft to go to Jupiter.
  • 2011 – Standard & Poor’s Financial Services lowered the United States’ AAA credit rating by one notch to AA-plus.
  • 2012 – The Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting took place in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six victims; the perpetrator committed suicide after being wounded by police.
  • 2015 – The Environmental Protection Agency at Gold King Mine waste water spill releases three million gallons of heavy metal toxin tailings and waste water into the Animas River in Colorado.
  • 2019 – Revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir (state) occurred and the state was bifurcated into two union territories viz Jammu and Kashmir (union territory) and Ladakh.[

Celebrating Birthday Today

  • 1981 – David Clarke, English ice hockey player
  • 1981 – Carl Crawford, American baseball player
  • 1981 – Maik Franz, German footballer
  • 1981 – Erik Guay, Canadian skier
  • 1981 – Travie McCoy, American rapper, singer, and songwriter[9]
  • 1981 – Anna Rawson, Australian golfer
  • 1981 – Rachel Scott, American murder victim, inspired the Rachel’s Challenge (d. 1999)
  • 1982 – Jamie Houston, English-German rugby player
  • 1982 – Lolo Jones, American hurdler
  • 1982 – Michele Pazienza, Italian footballer
  • 1982 – Tobias Regner, German singer-songwriter
  • 1982 – Jeff Robson, Australian rugby league player
  • 1982 – Pete Sell, American mixed martial artist
  • 1984 – Steve Matai, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1984 – Helene Fischer, German singer-songwriter
  • 1985 – Laurent Ciman, Belgian footballer
  • 1985 – Salomon Kalou, Ivorian footballer
  • 1985 – Gil Vermouth, Israeli footballer
  • 1985 – Erkan Zengin, Swedish footballer
  • 1986 – Paula Creamer, American golfer
  • 1986 – Kathrin Zettel, Austrian skier
  • 1987 – Genelia D’Souza, Indian actress
  • 1988 – Michael Jamieson, Scottish-English swimmer
  • 1988 – Federica Pellegrini, Italian swimmer
  • 1989 – Ryan Bertrand, English footballer
  • 1989 – Mathieu Manset, French footballer
  • 1989 – Jessica Nigri, American model and actress
  • 1991 – Esteban Gutiérrez, Mexican race car driver
  • 1991 – Konrad Hurrell, Tongan rugby league player
  • 1991 – Andreas Weimann, Austrian footballer
  • 1995 – Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Danish footballer
  • 1996 – Takakeishō Mitsunobu, Japanese sumo wrestler
  • 1997 – Jack Cogger, Australian rugby league player
  • 1997 – Olivia Holt, American actress and singer[
  • 1998 – Mimi Keene, English actress
  • 1998 – Kanon Suzuki, Japanese singer and actress
  • 2003 – Toni Shaw, British Paralympic swimmer[