5 August It Happened Today

1100  Henry I is crowned King of England.

1729  Death of the English inventor of the steam engine, Thomas Newcomen.

1861  National income tax is introduced in the US.

1895  Death of German political writer and co-author of The Communist Manifesto, Friedrich Engels.

1906  Birth of American film director John Huston.

1984  Death of Welsh born actor, twice married to Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton.

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