Today in history, August 5. - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Today in history, August 5.

Each historical event below occurred on the same day of the month, August 5.

1305: Scottish resistance leader William Wallace is captured and turned over to English soldiers near Glasgow. He is transferred to London, put on trial and executed.

1914: The first electric traffic light is installed in Cleveland, Ohio.

1934: Singer-songwriter Vern Gosdin is born in Woodland, Alabama.

1956: Actress Maureen McCormick is born in Encino, California.

1957: American Bandstand debuts on the ABC Television network at 3:00 in the afternoon.

1962: Actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, is found dead in her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles.

1981: President Ronald Reagan ends a nationwide strike by firing more than 11,000 air traffic controllers.

2000: Actor Sir Alec Guinness dies in West Sussex, England at age 86.

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