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On this day: August 5

Published On: Jul 19 2013 06:59:14 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 05 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

The Mayflower departs England, the first electric traffic signal is installed, Marilyn Monroe dies, the Beatles release "Revolver," and President Reagan fires striking air-traffic controllers, all on this day.

OTD August 5 - William Wallace
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1305: William Wallace, who led the Scottish resistance against England, is captured by the English near Glasgow. He was then transported to London, where he was tried and ultimately executed on Aug. 23, 1305.


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