5 July

5 July

July 5 is the 186th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar; 179 days remain until the end of the year.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about July 5th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about July 5th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • National Apple Turnover Day
  • International Bikini Day
  • National Workaholics Day

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – July 5

1996: World’s first live cloned mammal is born

Dolly the Sheep, a domestic ship was cloned using cells from an adult sheep by a team led by Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell at the Roslin Institute. While her birth was considered to be a success for cloning science, she did not live very long – scientists had predicted that she would live for about 12 years, but she died just a few months short of her 7th birthday.

1995: Armenian Constitution is adopted

A nation-wide referendum led to the approval and adoption of Armenia’s constitution. The country had gained its independence after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

1975: Cape Verde gains independence from Portugal

The Island country had come under Portuguese colonial control in the late 15th century.

1973: Coup in Rwanda

Then Army Chief of Staff, Juvénal Habyarimana, staged a coup and overthrew the President, Grégoire Kayibanda. Habyarimana then held the post of president for 20 years.

1811: Venezuela declares independence from Spain

Under the leadership of Francisco de Miranda, Venezuela declared its independence from Spain. This started the Venezuelan War of Independence. The country gained independence 10 years later in 1821.

1990: A man holds up a picture of Gorbachev during the 1990 riots in Dushanbe, Tajik SSR, USSR

A man holds up a picture of Gorbachev during the 1990 riots in Dushanbe, Tajik SSR, USSR

1977: The B-52s very first performance at Valentine’s Day party in Athens, Georgia, 1977

The B-52s very first performance at Valentine’s Day party in Athens, Georgia, 1977

1960: Belgian paratroopers pulling out and saying goodbye to a woman at the station. Elisabethville, Congo. July 1960

Belgian paratroopers pulling out and saying goodbye to a woman at the station. Elisabethville, Congo. July 1960

1902: Graffiti from both sides in a house that changed hands during the Boer War (1899-1902)

Graffiti from both sides in a house that changed hands during the Boer War (1899-1902)

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, July 5

1983: Zheng Jie, Chinese tennis player

1975: Ai Sugiyama, Japanese tennis player

1911: Georges Pompidou, French politician, Prime Minister, President of France

1853: Cecil Rhodes, English/South African businessman, politician, founded De Beers

1810: P. T. Barnum, American businessman, founded Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, July 5

2011: Cy Twombly, American/Italian painter, sculptor

2006: Kenneth Lay, American businessman

1945: John Curtin, Australian politician, 14th Prime Minister of Australia

1826: Stamford Raffles, British statesman

1819: William Cornwallis, English Admiral


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