Today In History




Today in History: Sunday, July  05, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley's first commercial recording session took place at Sun Records in Memphis, Tenn.
 
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On this date in:
1810Sowman and promoter Phineas T. Barnum was born in Bethel, Conn.
1811Venezuela declared independence from Spain.
1830The French occupied the North African city of Algiers.
1865William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London.
1935President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act, which allowed labor to organize for the purpose of collective bargaining.
1946The bikini made its debut during an outdoor fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris.
1948Britain's National Health Service Act went into effect, providing government-financed medical and dental care.
1975The Cape Verde Islands became independent after 500 years of Portuguese rule.
1975Arthur Ashe became the first African-American man to win a Wimbledon singles title as he defeated Jimmy Connors.
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1991Regulators in eight countries shut down the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, charging it with fraud, drug money laundering and illegal infiltration into the U.S. banking system.
1997Martina Hingis, 16, became the youngest Wimbledom singles champion in 110 years.
2002Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams died at age 83.
2006North Korea test-fired seven missiles into the Sea of Japan, including at least one believed capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.
2006Enron founder Kenneth Lay, facing decades in prison, died of heart disease at age 64.
2009The worst ethnic violence in decades in China erupted in the far western Xinjiang region. Some 200 people were killed.
2005Roger Federer of Switzerland won Wimbledon for his record 15th Grand Slam tennis title.
2011A jury in Orlando, Fla., found Casey Anthony, 25, not guilty of murder, manslaughter and child abuse in the 2008 disappearance and death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
 
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Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Edie Falco ("The Sopranos," "Nurse Jackie") turns 52 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Katherine HelmondActress ("Soap," "Who's the Boss")86
Shirley KnightActress79
Robbie RobertsonRock singer, musician (The Band)72
Julie Nixon EisenhowerDaughter of President Richard Nixon67
Rich "Goose" GossageBaseball Hall of Famer64
James LoftonFootball Hall of Famer59
Marc CohnRock singer, songwriter56
Kathryn ErbeActress ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent")50
Michael StuhlbargActor ("A Serious Man")47
Dave HaywoodCountry musician (Lady Antebellum)33
Rock singer Huey Lewis turns 65 years old today.
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SOURCE: The Associated Press