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5th August in 2023

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Today's name is: Ulrik, Alrik. Congratulations on your name day!

This is week: 31

Day of the year is: 217 of total 365 days.

Historical events this day: (from Wikipedia)

  • 1100 - Then the English king Wilhelm II has died in a hunting accident three days earlier he has been succeeded to the throne by his brother Henry I. This day Henrik is crowned in Westminster Abbey and issues in connection with it the so-called The letter of freedom (Charter of Liberties, also known as The Coronation Charter or The coronation letter), which becomes a precursor to the English Constitution[3] and a predecessor to Magna Charter 1215. In this charter the king undertakes to follow certain laws concerning how he treats the nobility and the church and is intended to curb certain transgressions which William had committed against these social groups.
  • 1164 - Sweden will be an own archbishopric situated in Old Uppsala, when the country is ecclesiastically separated from primates. This situation will persist until the Reformation in the 16th century and lead to several church conflicts in the Nordic countries over the centuries. In 1273, the Swedish archdiocese is moved from Old Uppsala to what is now Uppsala.
  • 1776 - The English 16th and 17th century author William Shakespeares play Romeo and Juliet is performed for the first time in the Nordics at Egges Teater in Norrköping. This is also the first time a Shakespeare play has been played in Sweden, despite the fact that at this time it has been 160 years since Shakespeare's death, as no Swedish translation of any of Shakespeare's works has ever been made before. The translation of Romeo and Juliet has probably been made by the actor Peter Lindahl after a German model. The next Swedish translation of the play will not come until 1845, made by Fredrik August Dahlgren (best known as the author of the play Värmlänningarna).
  • 1858 - After the year before, attempts have been made to lay out a cable across the Atlantic for telegraphic communication between Europe and America, the work could end this day, as the Atlantic cable, which stretches between Foilhommerum Bay on Valentia Island in western Ireland and Heart's Content in eastern Newfoundland in Canada, is connected to the British and American telegraph networks. The first telegram between the two continents will be sent on August 16, from the British Queen Victoria in London to the President of the United States James Buchanan in Washington and the time it takes to send messages across the Atlantic is reduced from 10 days (the time it takes at this time for the fastest ship to cross the world's oceans) to a few minutes. Already in September, the cable breaks, as too much power is supplied to it, but new cables are laid and the connection between the continents is soon re-established.
  • 1888 - The inventor Carl Benz'wife Bertha Benz takes, without her husband's knowledge, the couple's two sons on the world's first longer car ride in a Mercedes Benz 125 years later test drives a self-driving car.
  • 1958 - The American submarine USSNautilus(SSN-571), which is the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, completes the world's first voyage under the North Pole. She began the journey from Hawaii on August 1 and on August 3 passed under the North Pole, to then reappear over the surface of Greenland and this day arrive in Iceland, after a journey of 1,590 nautical miles (2,940 km). While the submarine continues towards Great Britain, the master flies William Anderson by helicopter to Washington, where he on August 8 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower may receive the medal Legion of Merit at a ceremony in the White House.
  • 1960Republic of Upper Volta, which since 11 December 1958 has been an autonomous French colony, become on this day completely independent. Colonin Burkina Faso.
  • 1963Partial test stop agreement signed.
  • 20162016 Summer Olympics inaugurated in Rio de Janeiro.