Today In History August 5


August 5 is the 217thday of the year (218thin leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 148 days remain until the end of the year.Over time, many significant incidents occurred today in history which included start and end of wars, signing of treaties, scientific achievements, natural disasters, and events of economic, political, and cultural significance among others. Some important events that took place today in history include Women’s Suffrage Movement, Ecuador Earthquake, Soviet Union Test Ban Treaty, and Greece Terrorist Bombing

Let’s discuss a few major Historical events in Today’s History i.e. August 5

1914:Australia enters World War I.

The assassination by Serbian Nationals of His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in June 1914 caused a chain reaction, as countries throughout the world allied themselves with either Serbia or Austria-Hungary. World War I broke out as Britain formally declared war on Germany on 4thAugust 1914. As a result, its colonies and dominions around the globe were also drawn into the war. Canada, India, New Zealand, and the Union of South Africa were among those countries that offered military and financial help.

Although Australia had achieved the Federation in the year 1901, this did not mark independence from Great Britain: it was the first step in a process of independence that would take another eight decades. While the Federation gave Australia the right to govern itself, the newly formed country was still allied to Britain. On 5thAugust 1914, Australian Prime Minister Joseph Cook pledged support, offering Britain 20 000 troops, and stating that “…when the Empire is at war, so also in Australia.” The British government acceptsCook’s offer, which requested that the troops be sent “as soon as possible”.

This day in sports history in the year 1976

NBA merges with ABA

The merger of the American Basketball Association (ABA) with the National Basketball Association (NBA), after several attempts over several years, occurred in the year 1976. The NBA and ABA had entered merger talks as early as 1970, but an antitrust suit filed by the head of the NBA players union, Robertson v. National Basketball Ass’n, blocked the merger until the year 1976.

As part of the merger agreement, the NBA agreed to accept four of the remaining six ABA teams: the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New York Nets and San Antonio Spurs. The remaining two ABA teams, the Kentucky Colonels and the Spirits of St. Louis, folded, with their players entering a dispersal draft.