August 05

This Day in History

1962

Marilyn Monroe Found Dead

On August 5, 1962, American actress Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her home in Los Angeles. Monroe, born Norma Jean Mortenson in 1926, is remembered as one of the world's most enduring sex symbols. … (more...)

1944

Breakout: The Cowra Prisoner of War Escape

On 5 August 1944 the largest prison escape of the Second World War took place at No 12 Prisoner of War Compound, a large camp near the central New South Wales town of Cowra. The events that followed … (more...)