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 - Richard Burton
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1984: Welsh actor Richard Burton, best known for his Oscar-nominated roles in "My Cousin Rachel," "The Robe," "Becket," "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" (pictured), "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "Anne of the Thousand Days" and "Equus," dies of brain hemorrhage at age 58 in Céligny, Switzerland. He was also well known for his relationship with actress Elizabeth Taylor, whom he was married to two separate times in the 1960s and '70s.

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