On This Day

On This Day in History for July 5 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1977 Pakistani army, led by Gen Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, seizes power
  • 1978 Soyuz 30 spacecraft touches down in Soviet Kazakhstan
  • 1978 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1981 Premier Begin's Likud party wins Israeli elections
  • 1981 Rajan Mahadevan recites 31,811 digits of π (Pi) from memory
  • 1981 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1982 Challenger flies to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
  • 1983 France invades Algeria
  • 1983 Woman gives birth to baby 84 days after brain death (Roanoke, Virginia)
  • 1984 Supreme Court weakens 70-year-old "exclusionary rule"-evidence seized with defective court warrants can now be used in criminal trials

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1985 Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party wins re-election in Zimbabwe for a second term

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President
Robert Mugabe
  • 1985 Nicholas Mark Sanders (England) begins circumnavigation of globe, covering 13,035 road miles in 78 days, 3 hr, 30 min

USAStatue of Liberty

1986 Nancy Reagan cuts a red, white and blue ribbon to reopen Statue of Liberty after refurbishment

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The Statue of Liberty, New York
The Statue of Liberty, New York
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Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1989 South African President P. W. Botha visits ANC leader Nelson Mandela

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
President of South Africa P. W. Botha
President of South Africa
P. W. Botha
  • 1991 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1992 Sixto Durán Ballén elected president of Ecuador

  • 1993 Kurd guerrillas murder 32 villager in East Turkey
  • 1993 Richard Chelimo run world record 10 km (27:07.91)
  • 1994 The United States announces it will no longer accept unrestricted immigration from Haiti

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Amazon.com founded in Bellevue, Washington by Jeff Bezos

Amazon Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos
Amazon Entrepreneur
Jeff Bezos
  • 2001 Australia and East Timor sign an agreement to share royalties from oil and natural gas production in the Timor Sea, which separates the two countries

PandemicSARS Outbreak

2003 SARS is declared "contained" by the WHO after affecting 26 countries and resulting in 774 deaths

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The SARS virus, known technically as SARS-CoV (coronavirus). First appearing in China in 2002, the disease spread to 29 countries before it was stopped.
The SARS virus, known technically as SARS-CoV (coronavirus). First appearing in China in 2002, the disease spread to 29 countries before it was stopped.
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  • 2004 First Indonesian presidential election by the people - first round (eventually won by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono)
  • 2006 North Korea tests at least two short-range Nodong-2 missiles, one SCUD missile and one long-range Taepodong-2 missile
  • 2006 Emergency United Nations Security Council meeting at the U.N in New York City because of North Korean missile tests that day
  • 2009 Ethnic rioting breaks out in Ürümqi, Xinjiang, People's Republic of China
  • 2012 The Shard, the tallest building in Europe, is opened in London, at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft)
  • 2012 South Korea announce plans to begin "scientific' whaling of minke whales

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2012 Enrique Pena Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party is elected President of Mexico after a recount following irregularities

President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto
President of Mexico
Enrique Peña Nieto
  • 2013 15 people are killed by a bomb attack on a Shia mosque in Baghdad, Iraq

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016 FBI releases report stating Hillary Clinton was "extremely careless" handling classified emails but doesn't recommend prosecution

US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
US Secretary of State, Senator and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton
  • 2017 Shootout between drug cartels in Las Varas, Northern Mexico kills 14
  • 2017 101 people reported shot, 15 killed in Chicago, Illinois over 4th July weekend
  • 2017 Volvo Cars announces all new models by 2019 will be either hybrids or battery powered, 1st automaker to do so
  • 2017 Followers of Indian spiritual leader Ashutosh Mahara win a court case, 3 years after his death, to keep his body in a freezer in case he should return to life
  • 2018 US Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt resigns amid allegations of misconduct
  • 2018 At least 24 killed in explosions at pyrotechnics workshops in Tultepec, Mexico
  • 2018 Heatwave in southern Quebec, Canada, kills 33
  • 2018 Saleswomen in Kerala, India, win right to sit down and take toilet breaks in new amendment to law
  • 2019 Second stronger earthquake in Southern California at 7.1 magnitude centered near Ridgecrest
  • 2019 Ancient Iraqi city Babylon declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • 2020 Mexico's COVID-19 death toll passes 30,000 as it becomes the world's 5th worst-affected country
  • 2020 Florida reports a record 11,458 daily COVID-19 cases
  • 2021 One of world's oldest pieces of art, 51,000-year-old deer bone carved by Neanderthals, announced discovered in Harz Mountains, Germany [1]

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2021 Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will scrap all COVID-19 restrictions in England from 19 July, to become most unrestricted country in Europe

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson

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