A Brief History
This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on July 5th. For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event.
On July 5, 1809, the forces of the French Empire (and her allies) fought the forces of the Austrian Empire (and her allies) at Wagram, Austria, an enormous battle that cost both sides a combined 80,000 casualties and was fought between over 300,000 soldiers fielding over 1000 pieces of artillery, making it perhaps the largest battle in European history up to its time and also the bloodiest military engagement of the entire Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars thus far.
On July 5, 1841, Thomas Cook, the founder of the travel agency Thomas Cook & Son, escorted around 500 people, who paid one shilling each for a train journey, on his first excursion.
On July 5, 1937, Hormel Foods Corporation introduced Spam to a Depression weary world.
While the two-piece swimsuit as a design existed in classical antiquity, the modern design first attracted public notice in Paris on July 5, 1946.
On July 5, 1946, the bikini swimsuit went on sale after being debuted at the Molitor Pool of Paris, France.
On July 5, 1946, the bikini swimsuit went on sale after being debuted at the Molitor Pool of Paris, France. (NOTE: The link in the date for this entry leads to a different article than the other mention to this same event above.)
On July 5, 1996, a sheep named Dolly was born, the product of a cloning experiment making her the first ever mammal to be cloned.
On July 5, 2009, in an English field near the village of Hammerwich, a man looking for curios with a metal detector in a freshly plowed field found gold and silver objects dating back to the 7th Century.
On July 5, 2010, the City of London, England could boast of having the tallest building in Europe, when the 95 story (storey if you are English) “Shard” was completed.
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For more information, please see…
Andrews, John and Matt Baker. Timeline of World History. Thunder Bay Press, 2020.
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