It happened today – this day in history – July 5

1295: Scotland and France form an alliance against England.

1596: The English fleet captures Cadiz.

1687: Isaac Newton’s great work Principia is published by Royal Society, outlining his laws of motion and gravitation.

1791: Jose Maria Narvaez discovers Point Grey (now Vancouver).

1810: Birth of P T (Phineas Taylor) Barnum, American circus promoter and showman in Connecticut.

1811: Seven Venezuelan provinces declare independence from Spain.

1826: Stamford Raffles, British statesman and founder of Singapore dies at 44 of apoplexy.

1830: France invades Algeria.

1841: Thomas Cook opens his first travel agency.

1865: Britain creates the world’s first legal speed limit. On the same day, the US Secret Service begins operating under the auspices of the Treasury Department.

1914: Germany offers Austria war aid to fight against Russia in Serbia.

1919: Suzanne Lenglen of France beats Dorothea Chambers 10-8, 4-6, 9-7 for her first of six Wimbledon singles titles.

1932: António de Oliveira Salazar becomes the premier and dictator of Portugal.

1935: Fred Perry successfully defends his Wimbledon singles title against German Gottfried von Cramm 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

1937: Spam is first introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation.

1943: Actress Betty Grable marries big band leader Harry James.

1944: Harry Crosby takes the first rocket airplane, MX-324, for its maiden flight.

1945: In a shock result, Clement Attlee’s Labour party wins the general election. On the same day, the liberation of the Philippines is declared.

1946: Sam Snead wins the British Open at St Andrews.

1948: Britain’s National Health Service Act begins.

1950: US forces enter combat in the Korean War for the first time in the Battle of Osan. On the same day, the Law of Return passes, which guarantees all Jews the right to live in Israel.

1951: Dr William Shockley invents the junction transistor.

1952: Maureen Connolly beats Louise Brough 7-5, 6-3 for the first of three straight Wimbledon singles titles.

1954: The BBC broadcasts its first daily television news programme with newsreader Richard Baker. On the same day, working together for the first time in a recording studio with guitarist Scotty Moore and double bass player Bill Black, Elvis Presley fools around during a break with an up-tempo version of Arthur Big Boy Cruddup’s That’s All Right. Producer Sam Phillips has them repeat the jam and records it. It becomes Presley’s first release on Sun Records.

1957: South African Bobby Locke wins his fourth British Open. On the same day, Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner divorce after six years of marriage.

Singles chart:

  1. Gamblin’ Man – Lonnie Donegan
  2. All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
  3. Yes Tonight Josephine – Johnnie Ray
  4. Around The World – Ronnie Hilton
  5. LAround The World – ittle Darlin’ – The Diamonds
  6. When I Fall In Love – Nat King Cole
  7. Mr Wonderful – Peggy Lee
  8. We Will Make Love – Russ Hamilton
  9. A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation) – The King Brothers
  10. Around The World – Bing Crosby

1958: Althea Gibson beats Angela Mortimer of England 8-6, 6-2 to successfully defend her Wimbledon Ladies’ singles title. On the same day, Australian Peter Thomson wins the british Open at Royal Lytham St Anne’s.

1959: David Ben Gurion’s Israeli government resigns.

1962: Algeria gains independence after 132 years of French rule.

1966: During his final tour with The Animals, bassist Chas Chandler goes to see a guitarist called Jimmy James play at The Cafe Wha in New York. He persuades him to come to England, becomes his manager and changes his name to Jimi Hendrix.


1968: Rod Laver beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to earn first ever prize money (£2,000) offered at Wimbledon.

1969: The Rolling Stones give a free concert in London’s Hyde Park before an audience of 250,000 supported by King Crimson and Family, It is Mick Taylor’s live debut with the band and as a tribute to Brian Jones, who had died died two days earlier, Mick Jagger reads an extract from Shelley’s ‘Adonais’ before thousands of butterflies are released, many of which fly directly into the stage lights and perish. On the same day, Rod Laver beats John Newcombe 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the Wimbledon Men’s final for the third leg of a Grand Slam.

1972: Two Protestant brothers are found shot dead outside Belfast. It was speculated they had been executed by Loyalist paramilitaries because they had Catholic girlfriends.

1973: General Juvenal Habyarimana becomes president of Rwanda in a military coup. Also on this day, the test cricket debut of English umpire Harold “Dickie” Bird v NZ at Headingley.

1974: Chris Evert wins her first Wimbledon title beating Olga Morzova 6-0, 6-4.

1975: America’s Arthur Ashe beats Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon. On the same day, Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, Steve Miller and Roy Harper appeared at The Knebworth Festival near Stevenage. On the same day, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is arrested by the highway patrol in Arkansas on charges of reckless driving and possessing an offensive weapon, a seven-inch hunting knife.

1977: The Pakistani army, led by Gen Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, seizes power.

1978: The pressing of Some Girls, the new album by The Rolling Stones is halted after complaints from celebrities including Lucille Ball who were featured in mock advertisements on the sleeve.

1979: The Queen presides over the 1000th annual open-air sitting of the Isle of Man’s Parliament, Tynwald.

1980: Bjorn Borg beats John McEnroe 1-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6 for his fifth straight Wimbledon crown.

1981: Rioting and looting breaks out in Toxteth, Liverpool.

1982: Sun records musical director Bill Justis dies of cancer aged 55. He had a hit with for instrumental Raunchy, which was the song George Harrison played for John Lennon on the top deck of a Liverpool bus in 1957 (suggested by friend Paul McCartney) as an audition to join their new band.

1983: France invades Algeria.

1987: Pat Cash of Australia scores his only Grand Slam singles success 7-6, 6-2, 7-5 over Ivan Lendl at Wimbledon.

1989: Former White House aide Oliver North avoids jail for his part in the Iran-Contra affair.

1991: The Bank of Credit and Commerce International closes UK branches over fraud allegations.

1994: is founded by Jeff Bezos.

1996: Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell, is born in Scotland.

1997: 16-year old Martina Hingis beats Jana Novotná 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to become the youngest Wimbledon winner in 110 years.

2003: SARS is declared “contained” by the WHO after affecting 26 countries and resulting in 774 deaths.

2007: Jazz and blues singer and film critic George Melly dies at his London home at the age of 80 from lung cancer and vascular dementia. On the same day, burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese divorces rocker Marilyn Manson due to irreconcilable differences after a year of marriage.

2012: The Shard, the tallest building in Europe at 1,016ft, is opened in London.

2015: The US beats Japan, 5-2 to win the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

2017: Arsenal breaks the club transfer record, paying about €53m for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.

2019: Former governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral says he paid a $2 million bribe to secure votes for his city to be granted the 2016 Olympics.

2019: Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars

Album chart:

  1. Step Back In Time: The Definitive – Kylie Minogue
  2. Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent – Lewis Capaldi
  3. Let’s Rock – The Black Keys
  4. When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go – Billie Eilish
  5. Western Stars – Bruce Springsteen
  6. Direct Hits – The Killers
  7. Indigo – Chris Brown
  8. The Greatest Showman – Original Movie Cast Recording
  9. Gold – Hank Marvin
  10. Staying At Tamara’s – George Ezra

2021: Death of film director Richard Donner aged 91.

2023: Facebook’s parent company Meta launches Threads – Instagram’s new conversation app.

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BIRTHDAYS: Sir Paul Smith, fashion designer, 78; Huey Lewis (Hugh Cregg), singer, 74; Marc Cohn, singer-songwriter, 65; Pruitt Taylor Vince, actor, 64; Edie Falco, actress, 61; Gianfranco Zola, Italian footballer/manager, 58; Róisín Murphy, singer, 51; Hernán Crespo, Argentine footballer, 49; Shane Filan, singer (Westlife) 45; Stiliyan Petrov, Bulgarian footballer, 45; Nick O’Malley, bassist (Arctic Monkeys) 39; Megan Rapinoe, footballer, 39; Joe Lycett, comedian, 36; Dejan Lovren, Croatian footballer, 35; Charlie Austin, footballer, 35.