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This Day in History: July 5

History: What Happened Today?

  1. In 1811, Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain.
  2. In 1865, the Salvation Army was founded in London.
  3. 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.
  4. 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".
  5. In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title as he defeated Jimmy Connors.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Edie Falco (actress), P.T. Barnum (circus showman), Henry Cabot Lodge (diplomat), Cecil Rhodes (English financier)

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