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Today is Monday July 5, the 186th day of 2021. There are 179 days left in the year.

The highlight of today’s history:

On July 5, 1971, President Richard Nixon certified the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which lowered the minimum voting age from 21 to 18.

In 1687, Isaac Newton first published his Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work outlining his mathematical principles of natural philosophy.

In 1811, Venezuela became the first country in South America to declare independence from Spain.

In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act.

In 1943, the Battle of Kursk began during World War II; in the weeks that followed, the Soviets repeatedly managed to push back the Germans, who eventually withdrew in defeat.

In 1947, Larry Doby made his debut with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League three months after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the National League. In the game against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park, Doby, who batted for Bryan Stephens, was struck out on strikes in his first at-bat in the seventh inning; Chicago won 6-5.

In 1948, Britain’s National Health Service Act came into force, providing state-funded medical and dental care.

In 1954, Elvis Presley’s first commercial recording session took place at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee; the song he recorded was “That’s All Right”.

In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title by beating Jimmy Connors, 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.

In 1977, the Pakistani army, led by General Mohammad Zia ul-Haq, seized power from President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZUL’-fih-kahr ah-LEE ‘BOO’-toh). (Bhutto was executed in 1979.)

In 2003, Serena Williams beat her sister Venus 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 for her second straight Wimbledon title.

In 2009, a bankruptcy judge ruled that General Motors Corp. could sell most of its assets to a new company, paving the way for the automaker to exit bankruptcy protection.

In 2015, Latin America’s first pope, Francis, landed in Ecuador, returning for the first time to South America with a message of solidarity with the poor in the region.

Ten Years Ago: A jury in Orlando, Florida, declared Casey Anthony, 25, not guilty of murder, manslaughter and child abuse in the 2008 disappearance and death of her daughter 2 years old, Caylee.

Five years ago: FBI recommended no criminal charges for Hillary Clinton’s use of a private mail server, but Director James Comey’s scathing criticism of his “extremely negligent” handling of classified documents has reignited attacks republican. President Barack Obama warmly guaranteed Hillary Clinton’s reliability and dedication, making her first outing on her former Secretary of State’s campaign stump with an appearance in Charlotte, North Carolina. Republican Donald Trump praised the cruelty of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, saying in Raleigh, North Carolina, that if Saddam was a “bad guy,” he “killed terrorists. He did it so well.

A year ago: a French bus driver was severely beaten and hit on the head after asking four passengers to wear required masks due to the coronavirus pandemic; the driver died a few days later. A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was uprooted from his base in Rochester, NY, on the anniversary of a speech he gave there in 1852; the damaged statue was found 50 feet away.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer-musician Robbie Robertson is 78 years old. Julie Nixon Eisenhower is 73 years old. Rock star Huey Lewis is 71 years old. Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage is 70 years old. Country musician Charles Ventre is 69 years old. 62. Actor John Marshall Jones is 59 years old. Actor Dorien Wilson is 59 years old. Actor Edie Falco is 58 years old. Actor Jillian Armenante is 57 years old. Actor Kathryn Erbe (er-BEE ‘) is 56 years old. Actor Michael Stuhlbarg (STOOL’-bahrg) is 53 years old. Country musician Brent Flynn (Flynnville Train) is 52 years old. Rapper RZA (RIH’-zuh) is 52 years old. R&B singer Joe is 48 years old. Rock musician Bengt Lagerberg (The Cardigans) is 48 years old. Actor Dale Godboldo is 46 years old. Rapper Bizarre is 45 years old. Rapper Royce da 5’9 “is 44 years old. Rock singer Jason Wade (Lifehouse) is 41. Actor Ryan Hansen is 40. Country musician Dave Haywood (Lady A) is 39. Rock musician Nick O’Malley (Arctic Monkeys) is 36 Actor Jason Dolley is 30. California Angels designated pitcher and hitter Shohei Ohtani is 27.

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