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On This Day in History, July 5

What Happened On This Day – July 5

  • 1996 World's first live cloned mammal is born

    Dolly the Sheep, a domestic ship was cloned using cells from an adult sheep by a team led by Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell at the Roslin Institute. While her birth was considered to be a success for cloning science, she did not live very long – scientists had predicted that she would live for about 12 years, but she died just a few months short of her 7th birthday.

  • 1995 Armenian Constitution is adopted

    A nation-wide referendum led to the approval and adoption of Armenia's constitution. The country had gained its independence after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

  • 1975 Cape Verde gains independence from Portugal

    The Island country had come under Portuguese colonial control in the late 15th century.

  • 1973 Coup in Rwanda

    Then Army Chief of Staff, Juvénal Habyarimana, staged a coup and overthrew the President, Grégoire Kayibanda. Habyarimana then held the post of president for 20 years.

  • 1811 Venezuela declares independence from Spain

    Under the leadership of Francisco de Miranda, Venezuela declared its independence from Spain. This started the Venezuelan War of Independence. The country gained independence 10 years later in 1821.

Births On This Day – July 5

  • 1983 Zheng Jie

    Chinese tennis player

  • 1975 Ai Sugiyama

    Japanese tennis player

  • 1911 Georges Pompidou

    French politician, Prime Minister, President of France

  • 1853 Cecil Rhodes

    English/South African businessman, politician, founded De Beers

  • 1810 P. T. Barnum

    American businessman, founded Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus

Deaths On This Day – July 5

  • 2011 Cy Twombly

    American/Italian painter, sculptor

  • 2006 Kenneth Lay

    American businessman

  • 1945 John Curtin

    Australian politician, 14th Prime Minister of Australia

  • 1826 Stamford Raffles

    British statesman

  • 1819 William Cornwallis

    English Admiral

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