This day in history

Friday, July 5, is the 186th day of 2013. There are 179 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress Katherine Helmond is 84. Actress Shirley Knight is 77. Singer-musician Robbie Robertson is 70. Julie Nixon Eisenhower is 65. Rock singer Huey Lewis is 63. Baseball Hall of Famer Rich ‘‘Goose’’ Gossage is 62. Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn is 54. Actress Edie Falco is 50. Rapper RZA is 44. Country musician Dave Haywood (Lady Antebellum) is 31.

In 1687, Isaac Newton first published his “Principia Mathematica,” setting out his mathematical principles of natural philosophy.


In 1865, William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London.

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In 1943, the Battle of Kursk began during World War II as German forces attacked a Soviet salient (or bulge) around the Russian city of Kursk; in the weeks that followed, the Soviets were able to repeatedly repel the Germans, who eventually withdrew in defeat.

In 1946, the bikini, created by Louis Reard, was modeled at a poolside fashion show in Paris.

In 1947, Larry Doby made his debut with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League.

In 1954, Elvis Presley’s first commercial recording session took place at Memphis’ Sun Records ; he recorded ‘‘That’s All Right (Mama).’’


In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title.

In 2003, two female suicide bombers killed 15 victims at a Moscow rock festival.

In 2011, a jury in Orlando, Fla., found Casey Anthony, 25, not guilty of murder, manslaughter, and child abuse in the 2008 disappearance and death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.