A Blast from the Past

By United Press International  |  July 5, 2002 at 3:04 AM
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Today is July 5.

On this date in 1946, western Europeans, feeling liberated with the first war-free summer in years, were given something new and daring -- and liberating -- that soon would attract world attention. It was on this day that French designer Louis Reard unveiled his scanty two-piece swim suit he dubbed the "bikini."

On this date in 1935 President Roosevelt signed into law the National Labor Relations Act, guaranteeing workers the right to organize and bargain collectively with their employers.

William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London on this date in 1865. All Salvation Army officers are ordained ministers who have joined for life. The Salvation Army operates in more than 80 countries.

Returning as he said he would, General Douglas MacArthur on this date in 1945 announced the liberation of the Philippines as the war in the Pacific neared the end. The war in Europe had ended about two months earlier.

An estimated 250,000 people gathered in London's Hyde Park on this date in 1969 for a free concert by the Rolling Stones which became a tribute to former Stones guitarist Brian Jones, who had died two days earlier.

We now return you to the present, already in progress.

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