Today is Thursday, July 5, the 187th day of 2012. There are 179 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 5, 1687, Isaac Newton first published his Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work setting out his mathematical principles of natural philosophy.
On this date:
In 1811, Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain.
In 1865, William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London.
In 1912, a collision between a passenger coach and a freight train near Wilpen, Pa., claimed 26 lives.
In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act.
In 1946, the bikini, created by Louis Reard (ray-AHRD'), was worn by Micheline Bernardini during a poolside fashion show in Paris.
In 1947, Larry Doby made his debut with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League.
In 1948, Britain's National Health Service Act went into effect, providing government-financed medical and dental care.
In 1962, independence took effect in Algeria; the same day, civilians of European descent, mostly French, came under attack by extremists in the port city of Oran (reports of the death toll vary from about a hundred to the thousands).
In 1971, President Richard Nixon certified the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which lowered the minimum voting age from 21 to 18.
In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win a Wimbledon singles title as he defeated Jimmy Connors.
In 1984, the Supreme Court weakened the 70-year-old "exclusionary rule," deciding that evidence seized in good faith with defective court warrants could be used against defendants in criminal trials.
In 1991, a worldwide financial scandal erupted as regulators in eight countries shut down the Bank of Credit and Commerce International.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai to express condolences for the deaths of Afghan civilians killed in a U.S. bombing four days earlier. Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams died in Citrus County, Fla., at age 83.
Do you think the Obama administration was involved in the unfair targeting of conservative groups by the IRS?