What Happened on July 5

Significant 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 themselves 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
  • 1994 Amazon.com founded in Bellevue, Washington by Jeff Bezos
  • 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 5, 1946

Would You Believe?

Followers of Indian spiritual leader Ashutosh Mahara, dead 3 years, win court case to keep his body in freezer in case he should return to life

On July 5, 2017

Famous Weddings

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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