On this day: August 5

Published On: Jul 19 2013 05:59:14 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 05 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 - journalists released from North Korea
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2009: North Korean leader Kim Jong-il pardons two American journalists, Euna Lee (bottom) and Laura Ling (top), who had been arrested and imprisoned for illegal entry into the country earlier in the year. The move came a day after former U.S. President Bill Clinton had arrived in North Korea on a publicly unannounced visit seeking their release.

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