Friday, August 5, 2011

August 05

Track Year Event Artist Song Album
1. 1305 William Wallace, who led the Scottish resistance against England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London where he is put on trial and executed. GMS William Wallace (Alternate Vision Remix) The Remixes
2. 1583 Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St John's, Newfoundland. The Sea and Cake The Colony Room Oui
3. 1620 The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England on its first attempt to reach North America. Procol Harum Pilgrims Progress A Salty Dog
4. 1861 American Civil War: in order to help pay for the war effort, the United States government levies the first income tax as part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over US $800; rescinded in 1872). The Jimi Hendrix Experience Tax Free The Last Experience
5. 1925 Plaid Cymru is formed with the aim of disseminating knowledge of the Welsh language that is at the time in danger of dying out. The Mercury Program Fragile or Possibly Extinct A Data Learn the Language
6. 1944 World War II: possibly the biggest prison breakout in history occurs as 545 Japanese POWs attempt to escape outside the town of CowraNew South WalesAustralia. The Turtles Think I'll Run Away Eve of Destruction
7. 1981 Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work. Ben Folds Fired Rockin' the Suburbs

(Historical facts about August 5 are from Wikipedia.)

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