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July 5, 2012
Tides at the Golden Gate
High: 12:38am, 2:28pm
Low: 7:18am, 7:24pm
98% of Moon visible, rising at 9:58pm
Holidays & Celebrations
St. Cyril & St. Methodius Day - Czech Republic, Slovakia
Independence Day - Algeria, Venezuela, Cape Verde Islands
Peace & Unity Day - Rwanda
Tynwald Day - Isle of Man
National Apple Turnover Day
Significant Events of July 5:
1811 - Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain.
1863 - U.S. Federal troops occupied Vicksburg, MS, and distributed supplies to the citizens.
1865 - William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London.
1892 - Andrew Beard was issued a patent for the rotary engine.
1916 - Adelina and August Van Buren started on the first successful transcontinental motorcycle tour to be attempted by two women. They started in New York City and arrived in San Diego, CA, on September 12, 1916.
1935 - U.S. President Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act into law. The act authorized labor to organize for the purpose of collective bargaining.
1940 - During World War II, Britain and the Vichy government in France broke diplomatic relations.
1946 - The bikini bathing suit, created by Louis Reard, made its debut during a fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris. Micheline Bernardini wore the two-piece outfit.
1948 - Britain's National Health Service Act went into effect, providing government-financed medical and dental care.
1962 - Algeria became independent after 132 years of French rule.
1975 - Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title when he defeated Jimmy Connors.
1984 - The U.S. Supreme Court weakened the 70-year-old "exclusionary rule," deciding that evidence seized with defective court warrants could be used against defendants in criminal trials.
1989 - Former U.S. National Security Council aide Oliver North received a $150,000 fine and a suspended prison term for his part in the Iran-Contra affair. The convictions were later overturned.
1998 - Japan joined U.S. and Russia in space exploration with the launching of the Planet-B probe to Mars.
If today's your birthday, you share it with...
Étienne de Silhouette 1709
Sir Stamford Raffles 1781
David G. Farragut 1801
P.T. Barnum 1810
Jean Cocteau 1889
Henry Cabot Lodge 1902
Georges Pompidou 1911
Janos Starker 1924
Warren Oates 1928
Katherine Helmond 1934
Shirley Knight 1936
Chuck Close 1940
Huey Lewis 1951
Richard "The Goose" Gossage 1951
Edie Falco 1963