5 JULY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Etienne de Silhouette, 1535
  • Mrs. Sarah Siddons, 1755
  • Sir Stamford Raffles, 1781
  • David Farragut, 1801
  • Phineas T. Barnum, 1810
  • Cecil Rhodes, 1853
  • Jean Cocteau, 1889
  • Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., 1902
  • Milburn Stone, 1904
  • Georges Pompidou, 1911
  • Manolete, 1917
  • Victor Navasky, 1932
  • Robbie Robertson, 1944
  • Julie Nixon Eisenhower, 1948
  • Huey Lewis, 1951
  • Edie Falco, 1963
  • Dolly, the cloned sheep, 1996

Died On This Day:

  • Emperor Ivan VI Russia, 1764
  • Sir Stamford Raffles, 1826
  • Bruce Barton, 1967
  • Walter Gropius, 1969
  • Leo McCarey, 1969
  • Tom Mboya assassinated, 1969
  • Harry James, 1983
  • Georgia Brown, 1992
  • Harrison Salisbury, 1993
  • Ted Williams, 2002
  • George Melly, 2007
  • Cy Twombly, 2011

Today's Events:

  • 1791 - First British ambassador to the US appointed - George Hammond.
  • 1809 - Napoleon defeats Austrians in Battle of Wagram.
  • 1811 - Venezuela becomes independent from Spain.
  • 1817 - Britain issues its first gold sovereign coin.
  • 1841 - World's first train excursion organized by Thomas Cook and Son from Leicester to Loughborough.
  • 1865 - Salvation Army founded in London by William Booth at the Christian Mission at Mile End.
  • 1932 - Salazar becomes Prime Minister of Portugal.
  • 1933 - German Catholic party dissolved.
  • 1938 - San Francisco Chronicle introduces column by 22 year-old Herb Caen. (Ends on his death 1/25/97)
  • 1945 - General Douglas MacArthur declares that the Philippine Islands are liberated. WWII
  • 1946 - Skimpy bikini swimsuit first revealed at Paris fashion show by designer Louis Réard.
  • 1947 - Birth of a legend: Mac Brazel finds remnants of strange object in Roswell, New Mexico - first UFO?
  • 1948 - British National Health Service begins.
  • 1950 - First U.S. Soldier dies in combat in Korea.
  • 1965 - Maria Callas's last public performance in Tosca at Covent Garden.
  • 1969 - Rolling Stones give free performance in Hyde Park for 350,000 two days after Brian Jones's death.
  • 1971 - 26th Amendment comes into force-voting age lowered to 18.
  • 1975 - Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano erupts with lava fountains up to 200 feet high; no injuries.
  • 1975 - Arthur Ashe becomes first black tennis player to win Wimbledon's men's singles beating Connors.
  • 1984 - Joseph Mallard William Turner's painting 'Seascape, Folkestone' sells for $10 million in London.
  • 1996 - William McKinley catches the world's record 111 lb. blue catfish in Wheeler's Reservoir TN.
  • 1997 - Tennis: Martina Hingis becomes youngest Wimbledon singles champ ever at age 16 years 9 months.
  • 2007 - Record price for Renaissance painter Raphael smashed at Christie's London when bidding for his Lorenzo de' Medici sold for £18.5 million.
  • 2009 - Roger Federer wins Wimbledon, his 15th grand slam title, easing out Pete Sampras's grand slam record of 14.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Athanasius the Athonite
  • Philomena of San Severino
  • Antony Zaccaria
  • Modwenna

Holiday:

  • Independence Day Algeria (1962), Venezuela (1811)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • JAGANNATH, RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • NEBUTA, Japanese Festival at peak of summer to drive off lethargy
  • SOMA NOMAOI, Japanese Festival of samurai equestrian displays

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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