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July 5: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on July 5

July 5th is officially Mechanical Pencil Day and Bikini Day.

Today is the 186th day of the year, and there are 179 days left of the year.

People who were born on this day all share the Cancer star sign.

You’re about to unearth some of the most important historical events that occurred on this day in history, which helped to shape the world we live in today.

Did you know that on this day in 1994, the e-commerce company Amazon was incorporated? It began as just an online bookstore before growing into the multinational company it is today.

Keep reading for more facts about July 5th in history!

What Happened On July 5 In History?


“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra was released.

The song was originally released in Australia & New Zealand, and wasn't officially released in the US until January 2012. The single went on to win the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, and reached the top 10 in more than 30 countries around the world.

The World Health Organization announced that the SARS outbreak was now contained.


Amazon was incorporated.

The company was setup in Washington State but it was under the name Cadabra Inc.

Björk released her very first album called “Debut”.


American sitcom “Seinfeld” debuted on NBC.


NASA launched their spacecraft Saturn IB from Cape Kennedy, Florida, US.

OTD in 1966: NASA launched their spacecraft Saturn IB from Cape Kennedy
The Apollo AS-203 mission sent the uncrewed Saturn IB rocket into space to test the S-IVB design that would later be used in the Apollo missions to the moon. The mission was considered a success as it achieved its primary objective of testing the rocket's design. However, it did explode due to a suspected spark or impact that ignited the propellants.

Algeria claimed their independence from France after being ruled for 132 years.


The 1945 United Kingdom general election took place with the Labour Party winning by a landslide.


Seven of the ten provinces of Venezuela declared independence from Spain.

This act was called the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence.

Sir Isaac Newton published his “Principia” book which outlined the laws of motion and universal gravitation.

OTD in 1687: Sir Isaac Newton published his "Principia" book which outlined the laws of motion and universal gravitation.

The US recorded its first tornado.

Massachusetts Bay Colony governor John Winthrop spotted the tornado in Essex County, Massachusetts.