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By United Press International   |   July 5, 2010 at 3:30 AM   |   Comments

Today is Monday, July 5, the 186th day of 2010 with 179 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Neptune, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. The evening stars are Mercury, Venus and Mars.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include David Farragut, the first U.S. Navy admiral, in 1801; showman P.T. Barnum in 1810; British colonialist Cecil Rhodes, founder of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), in 1853; Dwight Davis, founder of the Davis Cup tennis tournament, in 1879; French writer and film director Jean Cocteau in 1889; politician and diplomat Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. in 1902; actor Milburn Stone in 1904; football coach John McKay in 1923; actors Warren Oates in 1928 and Katherine Helmond in 1928 (age 82); Robbie Robertson, composer, musician, member of The Band, in 1943 (age 67); Julie Nixon Eisenhower in 1948 (age 62); rock singer Huey Lewis in 1950 (age 60); baseball Hal of Fame member Richard "Goose" Gossage in 1951 (age 59); actor Edie Falco in 1953 (age 57).


On this date in history:

In 1687, Isaac Newton's "Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy" published.

In 1865, William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London.

In 1916, children under 16 were banned from New York City theaters due to an outbreak of polio. Some 200 theaters shut down throughout the summer.

In 1935, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act.

In 1937, Hormel Foods introduced canned meat product Spam.

In 1945, U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur announced the liberation of the Philippines as World War II approached its end.

In 1946, French designer Louis Reard introduced the bikini swimsuit.

In 1947, Larry Doby became for African-American player in baseball's America League by signing a contract with the Cleveland Indians.

In 1954, newcomer Elvis Presley recorded "That's All Right (Mama)," a song he had not intended to do when he began his first recording session at Sun Records in Memphis and it became an instant local sensation.

In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win Wimbledon singles title.

In 1982, the Penn Square Bank of Oklahoma was declared insolvent, touching off a bank crisis that affected much of the United States.

In 1991, BCCI, with $20 billion in assets, was seized by regulators in the United States, Cayman Islands, France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Spain and Switzerland.

In 1994, the United States stopped accepting Haitian refugees and asked that other countries provide them with "safe havens."

In 1997, Martina Hingis, 16, of Switzerland became the youngest in 100 years to win the women's singles tennis championship at Wimbledon.

In 2002, baseball great Ted Williams died at the age of 83. Williams, who played his entire, war-interrupted but outstanding career with the Boston Red Sox, was the most recent man to hit .400 in a major league baseball season (.406 in 1941).

In 2003, 16 people died during Russia's biggest rock concert in Moscow when two female suicide bombers detonated explosives.

In 2006, former Enron Chairman Ken Lay died of a heart attack while awaiting sentencing on a six-count conviction in one of the biggest business scandals in U.S. history.

In 2007, a group identifying itself as 45 Muslim doctors reportedly threatened to attack the United States with car bombs and other weapons. A group of doctors earlier had been accused in a British bomb plot.

In 2008, investigators were looking at all the ingredients in fresh salsa as they sought to find the cause of the U.S. salmonella outbreak. Officials said tomatoes and jalapeno peppers were suspect but the investigation had widened.

Also in 2008, police arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with what they call the "brutal and horrific" south London slayings of two French college students who had been stabbed a reported 250 times.

In 2009, Uighurs and Han Chinese clashed at Urumqi in northwestern China in a long-festering dispute between the two ethnic factions that left at least 156 dead and more than 1,700 injured. Uighurs are predominantly Muslim while Han represent China's majority.

Also in 2009, a center-right opposition party led by Sofia Mayor Bolko Borisov claimed victory over the ruling Socialists in Bulgaria's parliamentary elections.

And in 2009 sports, Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick in the Wimbledon men's singles finals. It was Federer's record 15th Grand Slam title.


A thought for the day: Emily Dickinson wrote, "There is no Frigate like a Book/to take us Lands away"

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