History: What Happened Today?
- In 1811, Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain.
- In 1865, the Salvation Army was founded in London.
- In 1946, French designer Louis Reard unveils a daring two-piece swimsuit in Paris, modeled by a Parisian showgirl. It was dubbed "bikini," inspired by a news-making U.S. atomic test that took place off the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean earlier that week.
- In 1954, Elvis Presley's first commercial recording session took place at Sun Records in Memphis, Tenn. The song he recorded was "That's Alright Mama".
- In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title as he defeated Jimmy Connors.
- Famous Birthdays: Edie Falco (actress), P.T. Barnum (circus showman), Henry Cabot Lodge (diplomat), Cecil Rhodes (English financier)
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