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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 5, 2022

On July 5, 1947, Larry Doby became the first Black player in Major League Baseball's American League.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, July 5, 2022
Larry Doby (R) shown with fellow former Negro Leagues star Satchel Paige, became the first Black player in Major League Baseball's American League. File Photo courtesy of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Inc.

Today is Tuesday, July 5, the 186th day of 2022 with 179 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Neptune and Saturn.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Cancer. They include 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; Hall of Fame football Coach John McKay in 1923; actor Katherine Helmond in 1929; artist Chuck Close in 1940; Robbie Robertson, composer/musician, in 1943 (age 79); Julie Nixon Eisenhower in 1948 (age 74); rock singer Huey Lewis in 1950 (age 72); baseball Hall of Fame member Richard "Goose" Gossage in 1951 (age 71); astronaut Terence Henricks in 1952 (age 70); actor Edie Falco in 1963 (age 59); actor Kathryn Erbe in 1965 (age 57); rapper RZA, born Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, in 1969 (age 53); producer/screenwriter Jenji Kohan in 1969 (age 53); actor Francois Arnaud in 1985 (age 37); soccer player Megan Rapinoe in 1985 (age 37).

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On this date in history:

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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 D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act to protect the rights of employees and employers, and encourage collective bargaining.

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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 Black player in Major League Baseball's American League, joining the Cleveland Indians 11 weeks after Jackie Robinson broke the sport's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National League.

In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first African-American man to win the 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 1994, the United States stopped accepting Haitian refugees and asked that other countries provide them with "safe havens."

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In 1997, Martina Hingis, 16, of Switzerland, became the youngest player 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 career with the Boston Red Sox, was the most recent player to hit .400 in a major league baseball season (.406 in 1941).

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 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.

In 2016, FBI Director James Comey announced the agency wouldn't recommend charges be brought against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after an investigation into her use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state.

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In 2019, Sergio Cabral, the former governor of Rio de Janeiro, told a Brazilian court he paid $2 million in bribes to buy votes at the International Olympic Committee to win the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.


A thought for the day: "The only people who still call hurricanes 'acts of God' are the people who write insurance forms." -- American scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson

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