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July 5: Independence Day in Venezuela (1811), Algeria (1962) and Cape Verde (1975); Saints Cyril and Methodius Day in the Czech Republic and Slovakia
- 1687 – The Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Isaac Newton was first published, describing his laws of motion and his law of universal gravitation.
- 1937 – The Hormel Foods Corporation introduced Spam (pictured), the canned precooked meat product that would eventually enter into pop culture, folklore, and urban legend.
- 1946 – Named after Bikini Atoll, the site of the nuclear weapons test Operation Crossroads in the Marshall Islands, the modern bikini was introduced at a fashion show in Paris.
- 1962 – The Late Late Show, the world’s longest-running chat show by the same broadcaster, aired on Irish television for the first time.
- 2009 – A series of violent riots broke out in Ürümqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China.