Today In History 7/5
Published 4:00 am Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Isaac Newton’s great work Principia published by Royal Society in England, outlining his laws of motion and universal gravitation.
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Congress adopts Olive Branch Petition.
American showman P.T. Barnum—who, with James A. Bailey, made the circus a popular and gigantic spectacle in the United States—was born.
Venezuelan Declaration of Independence: 7 provinces declare themselves independent of Spain.
Frederick Douglass, fugitive slave, delivers his ‘What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?’ speech to the Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society in Rochester, condemns the celebration as hypocritical sham.
Captain N.C. Brooks discovered the Midway Islands in the central Pacific Ocean and claimed the territory for the United States.
Salvation Army founded.
Conspirators court-martialed for plotting to kill Lincoln, Grant and Andrew Johnson.
The first bikini, designed by French engineer Louis Réard, made its debut in Paris; the swimsuit was named for the Bikini atoll, which, just days earlier, had been the site of the world’s first peacetime atomic-weapons test.
Passed this day in 1950 by the Knesset, the Law of Return granted Jews the freedom to immigrate to Israel and receive immediate citizenship, but it proved controversial when the question “Who is a Jew?” raised other issues.
First U.S. fatality in the Korean War.
American singer Elvis Presley recorded That’s All Right, which became his first hit and helped give rise to rock and roll music.
Algeria officially gained its independence from France, which had declared the African country independent two days earlier.
The Twenty-sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was certified, granting suffrage to citizens age 18 years and older.
Arthur Ashe defeated Jimmy Connors in four sets of tennis at the 89th Wimbledon Championships.
“Gang of 19” activists occupy Denver intersection to protest inaccessibility on the city’s bus system
The first episode of Seinfeld (then called The Seinfeld Chronicles) aired on NBC, and the sitcom later became a landmark of American popular culture.
Dolly, a female Finn Dorset sheep, was born near Edinburgh, becoming the first successfully cloned mammal; her birth was not publicly revealed until the following year.
World Health Organization declares SARS contained worldwide.
Swiss tennis player Roger Federer won a record-setting 15th Grand Slam singles title as he defeated Andy Roddick at the Wimbledon Championships.