5th July

Born on this day 5th July
1653 Thomas Pitt
1810 P.T. Barnum
1853 Cecil Rhodes
1879 Dwight Davis
1911 Georges Pompidou
1934 Philip Madoc
1936 Shirley Knight
1943 Robbie Robertson
1946 Paul Smith
1951 Huey Lewis
1953 Elizabeth Emmanuel
1957 David Pinkney
1966 Susannah Doyle
1979 Shane Filan
1985 Nick O’Malley
1996 Dolly the Sheep

1969 Ben Alexander


1966 Simon & Garfunkel arrived for their first appearance together in UK.

1975 After notching up 6 Top 20 singles, the Osmonds spent their final week in the Top 20 with ‘ The Proud One’.

1990 Robert Plant’s ‘Manic Nirvana’ tour began in Albany, New York.


1980 Bjorn Borg beat John McEnroe to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon for a record 5th consecutive time.

1990 At Wimbledon, Zina Garrison beat Steffi Graf 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, to go into her first grand-slam final

1992 22 year old Andre Agassi won the final of the men’s singles championships at Wimbledon with a 5 sets victory over Croatia’s Goran Ivanisevic.

2009 Roger Federer wins a record 15th Grand Slam title in tennis, winning a five set match against Andy Roddick at Wimbledon.

People & Showbiz

1946 The bikini bathing suit created by Louis Reard made its debut at the Molitor Pool in Paris, worn by model Micheline Bernardini.

1988 A driver was fined at Solihull Magistrates Court on the first video film evidence shown in a British court of a motoring offence being committed

General Events

1687 Isaac Newton publishes Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica.

1865 The Salvation Army is founded in the East End of London, England.

1937 Spam, the luncheon meat, is introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation.

1948 The National Health Service began.

1954 The BBC broadcasts its first television news bulletin.

1983 Figures released by the Office of Population Censuses & Surveys showed a drop of more than a million in the number of smokers in Britain.

1989 British deep-sea salvage specialist Gordon Richardson was to lead a team to recover the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de la Merced which was thought to contain treasure worth half a billion pounds. The ship was believed to have sunk in a hurricane in 1622 with 9 other galleons.

1991 After 3 years of restoration, a new law was imposed at the opening of the Trevi Fountain in Rome banning the throwing of coins into the fountain. Around £400 worth of coins were thrown in daily, causing the damage.

1994 Forbes magazine listed the Sainsbury family as the richest in Britain with an estimated £4.4 billion.

1996 – Dolly the sheep becomes the first mammal cloned from an adult cell.

1997 An unmanned space-craft was launched carrying repair equipment and supplies for the 2 Russian astronauts dressed in space suits on the stricked Mir Space Station. British astronaut Michael Foale was to remain in the undamaged section of the station to prpare to jettison the cargo craft if anything went wrong…. Meanwhile US scientists worked hard to come up with a plan to free their Mars robot from its vessel.

2009 The largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever discovered, consisting of more than 1,500 items, is found near the village of Hammerwich, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire, England.

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