Today in History
July 5

1776 The Declaration of Independence is first printed by John Dunlop in Philadelphia.
1806 A Spanish army repels the British during their attempt to retake Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1814 U.S. troops under Jacob Brown defeat a superior British force at Chippewa, Canada.
1832 The German government begins curtailing freedom of the press after German Democrats advocate a revolt against Austrian rule.
1839 British naval forces bombard Dingai on Zhoushan Island in China and occupy it.
1863 Federal troops occupy Vicksburg, Mississippi and distribute supplies to the citizens.
1892 Andrew Beard is issued a patent for the rotary engine.
1940 Marshal Henri Petain’s Vichy government breaks off diplomatic relations with Great Britain.
1941 German troops reach the Dnieper River in the Soviet Union.
1943 The Battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle in history, begins.
1944 The Japanese garrison on Numfoor, New Guinea, tries to counterattack but is soon beaten back by U.S. forces.
1950 American forces engage the North Koreans for the first time at Osan, South Korea.
Born on July 5
1709 Etienne de Silhouette, French minister of finance, artist.
1755 Sarah Siddons, Welsh actress.
1801 David Farragut, U.S. admiral during the American Civil War.
1810 P.T. Barnum, American showman.
1867 Andrew Ellicott Douglass, astronomer and archaeologist.
1889 Jean Cocteau, French artist, writer and actor.
1911 Georges Pompidou, Prime Minister of France (1968).

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