On This Day for 5th July

Historical Events

  • 1687 Isaac Newton's great work PRINCIPIA published by Royal Society in England. Outlines his laws of motion and universal gravitation.
  • 1811 Venezuelan Declaration of Independence: 7 provinces declare themnselves independent of Spain
  • 1852 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
  • 1865 US Secret Service begins operating under the Treasury Department
  • 2004 First Indonesian presidential election by the people - first round (eventually won by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono)
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Did You Know?

Louis Reard's bikini swimsuit design debuts at Paris fashion show

On July 5th, 1946

Famous Weddings

  • 1870 Prime Minister of Canada John Thompson (24) weds Annie E. Affleck (25) in Portland, Maine
  • 1911 "Anne of Green Gables" author Lucy Maud Montgomery (36) weds Ewen MacDonald in Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 1920 Foreign Minister of the German Reich Joachim von Ribbentrop (27) weds Anna Elisabeth Henkell
  • 1943 Actress Betty Grable (26) weds big band leader Harry James (27)
  • 1980 Actress Raquel Welch (39) weds producer André Weinfeld

Famous Divorces

  • 1950 Actress Bette Davis (42) divorces artist William Grant Sherry after more than 4 years of marriage
  • 1957 Singer/actor Frank Sinatra and movie star Ava Gardner divorce after 6 years of marriage
  • 2007 Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese (34) divorces rocker Marilyn Manson (38) due to irreconcilable differences after a year of marriage
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