Thursday, July 5, is the 187th day of 2012. There are 179 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Actress Katherine Helmond is 83. Actress Shirley Knight is 76. Singer-musician Robbie Robertson is 69. Julie Nixon Eisenhower is 64. Rock star Huey Lewis is 62. Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rich ‘‘Goose’’ Gossage is 61. Country musician Charles Ventre is 60. Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn is 53. Actor Dorien Wilson is 50. Actress Edie Falco is 49. Actress Kathryn Erbe is 47. Actor Michael Stuhlbarg is 44. Country musician Brent Flynn (Flynnville Train) is 43. Rapper RZA is 43. R&B singer Joe is 39. Rock musician Bengt Lagerberg (The Cardigans) is 39. Actor Dale Godboldo is 37. Rapper Bizarre is 36. Rapper Royce da 5’9’’ is 35. Rock singer Jason Wade (Lifehouse) is 32. Actor Ryan Hansen is 31. Country musician Dave Haywood (Lady Antebellum) is 30. Rock musician Nick O’Malley (Arctic Monkeys) is 27. Actor Jason Dolley is 21.
In 1687, Isaac Newton first published his “Principia Mathematica,” a three-volume work setting out his mathematical principles of natural philosophy.
In 1865, William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London.
In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act.
In 1946, the bikini, created by Louis Reard, was worn by Micheline Bernardini during 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 1948, Britain’s National Health Service Act went into effect, providing government-financed medical and dental care.
In 1962, independence took effect in Algeria; the same day, civilians of European descent came under attack by extremists in the port city of Oran (reports of the death toll vary from about a hundred to the thousands).
In 1971, President Nixon certified the 26th Amendment to the Constitution, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.
In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title as he defeated Jimmy Connors.
In 2002, baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams died in Citrus County, Fla., at 83.
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 daughter Caylee, 2.