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On August 5 in
1864 During the Civil War, Union Adm. David G. Farragut led his fleet to victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay
1884 The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty's pedestal was laid on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor.
1912 The Progressive Party, also known as the "Bull Moose Party," convened in Chicago. (The party was formed by former President Theodore Roosevelt following a split in the Republican Party.)
1921 A baseball game was broadcast for the first time as KDKA radio announcer Harold Arlin described the action between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies from Forbes Field. (The Pirates won, 8-5.)
1953 The movie From Here to Eternity had its world premiere in New York.
1962 South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was arrested; it was the beginning of 27 years of imprisonment.
1963 The United States, Britain and the Soviet Union signed a treaty in Moscow banning nuclear tests in the atmosphere, in space and underwater.
In The Star
Aug. 5, 1938, in The Star: Safes haven’t been very safe lately, according to local police reports. The safe at the Wofford Oil Company storage plant on Seventh Street at the railroad tracks was cracked open last night and $140 taken from it. Heavy hammers and punches were apparently used. South of Oxford at Southern Mills, the safe had been damaged and dynamite was found sticking in the hole where the combination was, but it’s not known whether entry was gained and money was taken. Three other safe strikes have also been reported.
Aug. 5, 1988, in The Star: The Talladega College Board of Trustees voted in a closed meeting yesterday to terminate President Paul Mohr’s employment with the institution, said a board representative. Mohr will continue to be on the college payroll for another 90 days but will have no duties during that time. The board’s decision was unanimous. Financial management practices, or the lack thereof, are said to be what prompted the action. Also this date: Anniston architect Julian W. Jenkins has presented $25,000 to Jacksonville State University and has pledged contributions that will eventually total $100,000. The money will be used to to establish a scholarship in his name.
Birthdays for August 5
College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL player Roman Gabriel is 73. Country songwriter Bobby Braddock is 73. Actress Loni Anderson is 68. Actress Erika Slezak is 67. Rock singer Rick Derringer is 66. Actress-singer Maureen McCormick is 57. Rock musician Pat Smear is 54. Basketball Hall-of-Famer Patrick Ewing is 51. Actor Jonathan Silverman is 47. Country singer Terri Clark is 45. Former MLB player John Olerud is 45. Actor Brendon Ryan Barrett is 27.
Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls, 8 p.m. on NBC: You'll want to watch this new episode from a seat with a comfortable edge. In "Don't Look Down," the six remaining teams must cross a rope suspended 100 feet across a deep gorge — a feat that, as you might expect, will put them through the wringer both physically and mentally.
The Glades, 8 p.m. on A&E: Jim (Matt Passmore) is on the case when an oil tycoon and art collector is murdered on the eve of a major international art show in Miami. Meanwhile, Callie's (Kiele Sanchez) past threatens her future in this new episode, in which the great Ed Asner guest stars.
Return of Jaws, 8 p.m. on Discovery Channel: This new special showcases footage captured by a robot submarine called Shark Cam. It follows white sharks off the coast of Cape Cod, the setting for Jaws. A 17-foot-long one is seen hunting seals, coming close to the shore in shallow water and taking particular interest in one spot.
Major Crimes, 8 p.m. on TNT: Sitcom veterans Tim Conway, Paul Dooley, Ron Glass, Marion Ross and Doris Roberts guest star in this new episode, in which Raydor (Mary McDonnell) and her colleagues investigate the suspicious death of a despicable immigration agent. The probe lead them to an ancient apartment complex and its colorful residents.
Longmire, 9 p.m. on A&E: A terrible hit-and-run accident gives Walt and Branch (Robert Taylor, Bailey Chase) a jolt of perspective. Everyone has a major emotional investment in finding the driver who was responsible in this new episode.
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