Video: 'Nixon: raw watergate tape: 'smoking gun' section'
(Monday, August 5, 1974, 7:05 p.m. EDT; during the Watergate scandal) — In a sharp setback to his fight’ against impeachment, U.S. President Richard Nixon admitted today that six days after the June 17, 1972, Watergate burglary he ordered a halt to the investigation of the break-in for political as well as national security reasons and that he kept the evidence from his lawyers and supporters on the House Judiciary Committee (click here for a clip of Aug. 5, 1974, from ‘The Presidents: Nixon’ at 2:39:40).
Video: 'Vietnam: A Television History - America's Enemy [5/11]' (Alvarez at 15:07)
(Wednesday, August 5, 1964; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — U.S. Navy pilot Everett Alvarez Jr. became the first American flier to be shot down and captured by North Vietnam today; he was held prisoner until February 1973.
(Saturday, August 5, 1944) — “Swinging on a Star” by Bing Crosby was the #1 song on today’s Billboard National List of Best Selling Retail Records chart for nine consecutive weeks (Aug. 5/12/19/26, Sept. 2/9/16/23/30, 1944).
(Wednesday, August 5, 1914) — What’s believed to be the first electric traffic light system was installed in Cleveland, Ohio, at the intersection of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue.
Video: 'Stamp unveiled for 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay'
(Saturday, August 5, 1864, 6:47 a.m. local time; during the Battle of Mobile Bay, part of the American Civil War) — Union Admiral David G. Farragut led a Union flotilla through Confederate defenses today in the Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama, sealing one of the last major Southern ports.