spotlight Highlights from history: August 5 Aug 5, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1933: National Labor Board In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the National Labor Board, which was later replaced with the National Labor Relations Board. AP 1936: Jesse Owens In 1936, Jesse Owens of the United States won the 200-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics, collecting the third of his four gold medals. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1953: Operation Big Switch In 1953, Operation Big Switch began as remaining prisoners taken during the Korean War were exchanged at Panmunjom. Ed Johnson 1962: Marilyn Monroe On August 5, 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death was ruled a probable suicide from "acute barbiturate poisoning." Anonymous 1962: Nelson Mandela In 1962, South African anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was arrested on charges of leaving the country without a passport and inciting workers to strike; it was the beginning of 27 years of imprisonment. Dennis Lee Royle 1964: Everett Alvarez Jr. In 1964, U.S. Navy pilot Everett Alvarez Jr. became the first American flier to be shot down and captured by North Vietnam; he was held prisoner until February 1973. Richard Drew 1974: Richard Nixon resignation In 1974, the White House released transcripts of subpoenaed tape recordings showing that President Richard Nixon and his chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, had discussed a plan in June 1972 to use the CIA to thwart the FBI's Watergate investigation; revelation of the tape sparked Nixon's resignation. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1981: Air traffic controllers In 1981, the federal government began firing air traffic controllers who had gone out on strike. BOURDIER 2002: USS Monitor In 2002, the coral-encrusted gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor was raised from the floor of the Atlantic, nearly 140 years after the historic warship sank during a storm. STEVE HELBER 2009: North Korea Journalists Ten years ago: Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee arrived in Burbank, California, for a tearful reunion with their families after a flight from North Korea, where they'd been held for 4 1/2 months until former President Bill Clinton helped secure their release. David Zentz 2014: Becky Hammon Five years ago: The San Antonio Spurs hired WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, making her the first woman to join an NBA coaching staff. BAHRAM MARK SOBHANI 2014: Kabul Afghanistan Five years ago: U.S. Maj. Gen. Harold Greene was shot to death near Kabul in one of the bloodiest insider attacks in the long Afghanistan war; the gunman, dressed as an Afghan soldier, turned on allied troops, wounding about 15, including a German general and two Afghan generals. Evan Vucci 2014: Nancy Writebol Five years ago: American aid worker Nancy Writebol, infected with Ebola while in Liberia, arrived in Atlanta, joining Dr. Kent Brantly, a fellow patient being given an experimental treatment. (Both recovered.) Bob Leverone 2018: Charlotte Rae One year ago: Actress Charlotte Rae, best known as the housemother on the long-running sitcom "The Facts of Life," died at her Los Angeles home at the age of 92. Richard Shotwell Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Load comments Recommended View All Promotions promotion Special Sections promotion spotlight What kind of craft beer are you? More Latest Local Offers Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate Looking to Buy or Sell a Home?