Today in History: August 5th


Some of the historical events that took place on August 5th, that made headlines in the last five years:

2014 Russia counters sanctions by the U.S. and the European Union by banning all imports of dairy, fish, meat, fruit and vegetables; Ukrainian flights have also been prohibited from Russian air space

2014 Over 1.2 billion security credentials have been stolen in a Russian-led hacking ring; data was stolen from over 420,000 websites, but the websites and victim names have not yet been disclosed

2013 ‘The Washington Post’, a privately held newspaper, is purchased by CEO Jeff Bezos

2013 In London, the world’s first bovine stem cells lab-grown burger is cooked and eaten at a news conference; one food expert said it was ‘close to meat, but not that juicy’

2012 A refugee camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo experiences an outbreak of cholera; thousands have fled there due to fighting between government troops and M23 rebels

2012 Britain tennis pro Andy Murray wins the16th gold medal for Britain during the 2012 Summer Olympics after defeating Roger Federer in the men’s singles final

2011 Thailand’s parliament officially elects Yingluck Shinawatra as Prime Minister of Thailand; Yingluck is Thailand’s first female Prime Minister

2011 Typhoon Muifa approaches Japan’s island of Okinawa; the typhoon is expected to be one of the most powerful storms to hit China in recent years

2010 A piano reportedly played by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is found in Baden-Baden, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

2010 Model Naomi Campbell confirms former President of Liberia Charles Taylor gave her diamonds she described as ‘dirty looking stones’

2010 Somali pirates seize a freighter from Syria with 24 crewmembers in the Gulf of Aden