Today is Thursday, July 5, the 187th day of 2012 with 179 to follow.
The moon is waning. The morning stars are Mercury and Saturn. The evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, Mars and Venus.
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 ("Gunsmoke") in 1904; hall of fame football coach John McKay in 1923; actors Warren Oates in 1928 and Katherine Helmond, also in 1928 (age 84); Robbie Robertson, composer, musician, member of The Band, in 1943 (age 69); Julie Nixon Eisenhower in 1948 (age 64); rock singer Huey Lewis in 1950 (age 62); baseball Hall of Fame member Richard "Goose" Gossage in 1951 (age 61); actor Edie Falco in 1963 (age 49).
On this date in history:
In 1687, Isaac Newton's "Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy" was published.
In 1865, William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London.
In 1916, children under 16 were banned from New York City theaters, many of which were already closed, due to a summer outbreak of polio.
In 1935, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act.
In 1937, Hormel Foods introduced the 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 the first African-American player in Major League Baseball's American League with the Cleveland Indians 11 weeks after Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National League.
In 1954, newcomer Elvis Presley recorded "That's All Right (Mama)," a song he hadn't 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 a 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 player 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 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.
In 2010, Bronislaw Komorowski was declared the winner in Poland's presidential runoff with 53.01 percent of the vote, beating Jaroslaw Kaczynski, twin brother of the former president killed in a plane crash with several state officials three months earlier.
In 2011, a jury in Orlando, Fla., found Casey Anthony not guilty in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The jury of five men and seven women took 11 hours over two days to acquit the Florida woman of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter in a high-profile trial that included 33 days of testimony and more than 90 witnesses.
A thought for the day: Emily Dickinson wrote, "There is no Frigate like a Book/to take us Lands away."