On this Day July 5
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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.
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.
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.
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.”