On this Day July 5
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1810 – Legendary showman P. T. Barnum, who founded the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (d. 1891)
1929 – Golden Globe-winning actress Katherine Helmond (“Family Plot,” “Soap,” “Who’s The Boss?” “Brazil,” “Everybody Loves Raymond”) (d. 2019)
1950 – Singer-songwriter Huey Lewis, front man for the 1980s chart-topping band Huey Lewis and The News
1963 – Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Edie Falco (“Law & Order,” “Oz,” “The Sopranos,” “Nurse Jackie”)
1980 – TV personality and disc jockey DJ Pauly D, born Paul DelVecchio (“Jersey Shore”)
1980 – Actress Eva Green (“The Dreamers,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” “Casino Royale,” “Womb”)
1946 – French engineer Louis Réard and fashion designer Jacques Heim introduce the bikini — the two-piece bathing suit described as “smaller than the world’s smallest swimsuit” — at a Paris fashion show, and revolutionize swimwear.
1950 – Private Kenneth Shadrick, a 19-year-old infantryman from West Virginia, becomes the first American casualty in the Korean War. Shadrick, a member of a bazooka squad, had just fired his weapon at a Soviet-made tank when he was struck by enemy machine-gun fire.
1971 – President Richard Nixon certifies the 26th Amendment of the Constitution, lowering the U.S. voting age from 21 to 18.
1975 – Arthur Ashe becomes the first African American man to win a Wimbledon singles title when he defeats Jimmy Connors.
1989 – “Seinfeld” premieres on NBC. The sitcom, described as “the show about nothing,” stars its co-creator, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, and quickly becomes a ratings bonanza for the network, running for nine seasons.
1996 – Dolly the sheep — the first mammal successfully cloned from an adult cell — is born at the Roslin Institute in Scotland. Her birth is not publicly announced until the following February.
2003 – The World Health Organization (WHO) announces that the global spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has stopped, after the disease killed about 775 people in 26 countries. Despite the announcement, four new cases are diagnosed in early 2004.
1954 – Working together for the first time in a recording studio with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, Elvis Presley fools around during a break with an up-tempo version of “That’s All Right.” Producer Sam Phillips has them repeat the jam and records it. The track becomes Presley’s first release on Sun Records.
1969 – “Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet,” by Henry Mancini, begins its second and final week as a No. 1 single.
1975 – The Captain & Tennille rule the singles chart with “Love Will Keep Us Together,” which goes on to clinch a Record of the Year Grammy.
1980 – “Glass Houses,” by Billy Joel, is in the midst of a six-week run on top of the Billboard album chart.
1986 – Billy Ocean hits No. 1 on the singles chart with “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry).”
1986 – Janet Jackson’s “Control” tops the Billboard album chart, making the 20-year-old the youngest artist since 13-year-old ‘Little’ Stevie Wonder to clinch the No. 1 spot. The album spawns five Top-5 singles, including “What Have You Done for Me Lately” and “Let’s Wait Awhile.”
1997 – “I’ll Be Missing You,” by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112, is on top of the Billboard Hot 100. The track is an homage to slain rapper, The Notorious B.I.G.
2008 – Katy Perry kicks off seven weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “I Kissed a Girl.”