On This Day in AD 25 – Guangwu claims the throne as Emperor of China, restoring the Han dynasty after the collapse of the short-lived Xin dynasty.

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APIzen.Date is a simple API that can be used to fetch historical events into JSON format. While it's not hard to find a "on this day" API, most of them require registration or just plain suck. Our API makes development quick and to the point.

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Events for August 5

1816 – The British Admiralty dismisses Francis Ronalds's new invention of the first working electric telegraph as "wholly unnecessary", preferring to continue using the semaphore.

1583 – Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes the first English colony in North America, at what is now St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

939 – The Battle of Alhandic is fought between Ramiro II of León and Abd-ar-Rahman III at Zamora in the context of the Spanish Reconquista. The battle resulted in a victory for the Emirate of Córdoba.

1926Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.

1984 – A Biman Bangladesh Airlines Fokker F27 Friendship crashes on approach to Zia International Airport, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing all 49 people on board.

1716Austro-Turkish War (1716–1718): One-fifth of a Turkish army and the Grand Vizier are killed in the Battle of Petrovaradin.

2019Revocation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir (state) occurred and the state was bifurcated into two union territories viz Jammu and Kashmir (union territory) and Ladakh.

1981 – President Ronald Reagan fires 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers who ignored his order for them to return to work.

2003 – A car bomb explodes in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta outside the Marriott Hotel killing 12 and injuring 150.

1969 – The Lonesome Cowboys police raid occurs in Atlanta, Georgia, leading to the creation of the Georgia Gay Liberation Front.

1689Beaver Wars: Fifteen hundred Iroquois attack Lachine in New France.

1914 – World War I: The guns of Point Nepean fort at Port Phillip Heads in Victoria (Australia) fire across the bows of the Norddeutscher Lloyd steamer SS Pfalz which is attempting to leave the Port of Melbourne in ignorance of the declaration of war and she is detained; this is said to be the first Allied shot of the War.

1965 – The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 begins as Pakistani soldiers cross the Line of Control dressed as locals.

1944 – World War II: At least 1,104 Japanese POWs in Australia attempt to escape from a camp at Cowra, New South Wales; 545 temporarily succeed but are later either killed, commit suicide, or are recaptured.

1962 – American actress Marilyn Monroe is found dead at her home from a drug overdose.

1914World War I: The German minelayer SS Königin Luise lays a minefield about 40 miles (64 km) off the Thames Estuary (Lowestoft). She is intercepted and sunk by the British light-cruiser HMS Amphion.

2010 – The Copiapó mining accident occurs, trapping 33 Chilean miners approximately 2,300 ft (700 m) below the ground for 69 days.

1960Burkina Faso, then known as Upper Volta, becomes independent from France.

1781 – The Battle of Dogger Bank takes place.

Notable Births & Deaths for August 5

  2015Arthur Walter James, English journalist and politician (b. 1912)
  2014 – Jesse Leonard Steinfeld, American physician and academic, 11th Surgeon General of the United States (b. 1927)
  1986 – Kathrin Zettel, Austrian skier
  1985 – Gil Vermouth, Israeli footballer
  2012 – Roland Charles Wagner, French author and translator (b. 1960)
  2013 – Willie Dunn, Canadian singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1942)
  2015 – Tony Millington, Welsh footballer (b. 1943)
  1989 – Jessica Nigri, American model and actress
  2012Erwin Axer, Polish director and screenwriter (b. 1917)
  2012 – Chavela Vargas, Costa Rican-Mexican singer-songwriter and actress (b. 1919)
  2013 – Rob Wyda, American commander and judge (b. 1959)
  1986Paula Creamer, American golfer
  2013Ruth Asawa, American sculptor and educator (b. 1926)
  2012 – Martin E. Segal, Russian-American businessman, co-founded Film Society of Lincoln Center (b. 1916)
  1985 – Erkan Zengin, Swedish footballer
  1989 – Mathieu Manset, French footballer
  2012 – Michel Daerden, Belgian lawyer and politician (b. 1949)
  2013 – Roy Rubin, American basketball player and coach (b. 1925)
  1995Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Danish footballer
  2014Harold J. Greene, American general (b. 1962)
  1985 – Salomon Kalou, Ivorian footballer
  1985Laurent Ciman, Belgian footballer
  2013 – Shawn Burr, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1966)
  1998Mimi Keene, English actress
  1984Steve Matai, New Zealand rugby league player
  1996Takakeishō Mitsunobu, Japanese sumo wrestler
  2003Toni Shaw, British Paralympic swimmer
  1988Michael Jamieson, Scottish-English swimmer
  2008 – Reg Lindsay, Australian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (b. 1929)
  2011Andrzej Lepper, Polish farmer and politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Poland (b. 1954)
  2020Hawa Abdi, Somali human rights activist and physician (b. 1947)
  1991Esteban Gutiérrez, Mexican race car driver
  1989Ryan Bertrand, English footballer
  1998 – Kanon Suzuki, Japanese singer and actress
  1991 – Andreas Weimann, Austrian footballer
  2019Toni Morrison, American author, Pulitzer Prize winner, and Nobel laureate (b. 1931).
  1984 – Helene Fischer, German singer-songwriter
  1997 – Olivia Holt, American actress and singer
  2009Budd Schulberg, American author, screenwriter, and producer (b. 1914)
  1988 – Federica Pellegrini, Italian swimmer
  1991 – Konrad Hurrell, Tongan rugby league player
  1987Genelia D'Souza, Indian actress
  1997Jack Cogger, Australian rugby league player
  2014 – Chapman Pincher, Indian-English historian, journalist, and author (b. 1914)
  2014 – Vladimir Orlov, Russian author (b. 1936)
  2011 – Aziz Shavershian, Russian-born Australian Bodybuilder and internet sensation (b. 1989)
  2013 – May Song Vang, American activist (b. 1951)
  2012 – Fred Matua, American football player (b. 1984)

 Quick Start

Our API is incredibly easy to use, check out the code samples below to get started:

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Fetch Historical Events

All you need to do is send a request to https://apizen.date/api/[month]/[day]/[key] in order to generate a JSON array of historical events, including notable births and deaths. API data pulled from WikiPedia.

*[key] not required but recommended.

Sample Requests

https://apizen.date/api/1/1 - Generate notable events, births, and deaths for January 1.

https://apizen.date/api/5/5 - Generate notable events, births, and deaths for May 5.

https://apizen.date/api/12/25 - Generate notable events, births, and deaths for December 25.


The result data is formatted as a JSON array, grouped by event type.

{ "info":"OnThisDay API", "date":"April_20", "updated":"1615972324",
  "Events":[ { "text":"1303 &#8211; The Sapienza University of Rome is instituted by a bull of Pope Boniface VIII.&#91;1&#93;", "html":"<a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/1303\" title=\"1303\">1303</a> &#8211; The <a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapienza_University_of_Rome\" title=\"Sapienza University of Rome\">Sapienza University of Rome</a> is instituted by a <a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Papal_bull\" title=\"Papal bull\">bull</a> of <a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Boniface_VIII\" title=\"Pope Boniface VIII\">Pope Boniface VIII</a>." },
  //.. MORE DATA ..//
  "Births":[ { "text":"1494 &#8211; Johannes Agricola, German theologian and reformer (d. 1566)&#91;8&#93;", "html":"<a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/1494\" title=\"1494\">1494</a> &#8211; <a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Agricola\" title=\"Johannes Agricola\">Johannes Agricola</a>, German theologian and reformer (d. 1566)" },
  //.. MORE DATA ..//
  "Deaths":[ { "text":"689 &#8211; Cædwalla, king of Wessex (b. 659)&#91;21&#93;", "html":"<a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/689\" title=\"689\">689</a> &#8211; <a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A6dwalla_of_Wessex\" title=\"Cædwalla of Wessex\">Cædwalla</a>, king of <a href=\"https://wikipedia.org/wiki/Wessex\" title=\"Wessex\">Wessex</a> (b. 659)" },
  //.. MORE DATA ..//
} }

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