Today is Wednesday, July 5, 2023, day 186. There are 179 days left in the year.
Today’s historical highlights:
Larry Dobby made his debut with the Cleveland Indians on July 5, 1947, becoming the first black player in the American League, three months before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the National League.
on this day:
In 1687, Isaac Newton first published his Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work setting forth the mathematical principles of his natural philosophy.
In 1811, Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain.
In 1865, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Secret Service was established in Washington, D.C., with the mission of combating counterfeit currency.
In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act.
In 1940, during World War II, Britain broke off diplomatic relations with the French Vichy government.
In 1943, the Battle of Kursk broke out during World War II; over the next few weeks, the Soviets repelled the Germans several times before the Germans retreated in defeat.
In 1954, Elvis Presley made his first commercial recording with Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. The song he recorded was “That’s All Right”.
In 1971, President Richard Nixon ratified the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, lowering the minimum voting age from 21 to 18.
In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win the Wimbledon singles title by beating Jimmy Connors.
In 1977, the Pakistani Army under General Mohammad Zia ul-Haq was taken from President ZUL’-fih-kahr ah-LEE’ BOO’-toh seized power.
In 2008, Venus Williams won her fifth Wimbledon singles title by defeating her sister Serena in the final.
In 2011, a jury in Orlando, Florida found Casey Anthony, 25, guilty of murder, manslaughter and child abuse in the 2008 disappearance and death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
A decade ago: Pope Francis sanctioned two of the 20th century’s most influential popes as saints of the Roman Catholic Church, granted the miracles required to canonize Pope John Paul II, and waived Vatican rules to honor popes John XXIII. Angry Islamists have fought back against the toppling of President Mohamed Morsi, with tens of thousands of his supporters taking to the streets, vowing to win his reinstatement and clashing violently with opponents, killing some three dozen people .
Five years ago: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigns amid an ethics scandal that sparked more than a dozen federal and congressional investigations; former coal industry lobbyist and Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler is named Acting Administrator. Federal hate crime for James Alex Fields Jr.’s car attack on a group of protesters against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 12, 2017 Pleaded not guilty to the charges; a 32-year-old woman was killed and dozens were injured. (Fields later pleaded guilty to 29 federal hate crime charges under a plea deal in which prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.)
A year ago: A gunman who attacked an Fourth of July parade in suburban Chicago, killing at least seven people, legally purchased two high-powered rifles despite authorities being called to his home twice since 2019, police say and three other weapons as he threatened to commit suicide and threatened to commit suicide. Violence. A Georgia prosecutor investigating the conduct of former President Donald Trump and his allies after the 2020 election subpoenaed Lindsey Graham, Rudy Giuliani and other members of Trump’s campaign legal team for a grand jury Testifying before the delegation marked a major escalation in the case.
Today’s birthday: Singer and musician Robbie Robertson turns 80. Julie Nixon Eisenhower is 75 years old. Rock star Huey Lewis is 73. Hall of Fame pitcher Ricky “Goose” Gorsuch is 72. Singer-songwriter Mark Cohen is 64. Actor John Marshall Jones 61. Actor Dorien Wilson was 61 years old. Actor Edie Falco is 60 years old. Actor Jillian Armenante is 59 years old. Actor Kathryn Erbe (er-BEE’) is 58 years old. Actor Michael Stuhlbarg (STOOL’-bahrg) is 55 years old. Rapper RZA (RIH’-) zuh) is 54 years old. R&B singer Joe turns 50. Rock musician Bengt Lagerberg (The Cardigans) turns 50. Actor Dale Godboldo is 48 years old. Rapper Bizarre is 47 years old. Rapper Royce da 5’9″ is 46. Rock singer Jason Wade (Lifehouse) is 43. Actor Ryan Hansen is 42. Country musician Dave Haywood (Lady A) is 41. Football player Megan Rapinoe is 38. Rock musician Nick O’Malley (Arctic Monkeys) is 38. Actor Jason Dolley is 32. California Angels pitcher and designated hitter Shohei Otani is 29.