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Matthew Hedger
07/05/2014 12:49 PM
The Great Ted Williams

Today is Saturday, July 5, the 186th day of 2014 with 179 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Nepune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars and Saturn.

In 1865, William Booth founded the Salvation Army in London.

In 1916, children under 16 were banned from New York City theaters, many of which were already closed, due to a summer outbreak of polio.

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

In 1937, Hormel Foods introduced the canned meat product Spam.

In 1945, U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur announced the liberation of the Philippines as World War II approached its end.

In 1946, French designer Louis Reard introduced the bikini swimsuit.

In 1947, Larry Doby became the first African-American player in Major League Baseball's American League, joining the Cleveland Indians 11 weeks after Jackie Robinson broke the sport's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National League.

In 1954, newcomer Elvis Presley recorded That's All Right (Mama), a song he hadn't intended to do when he began his first recording session at Sun Records in Memphis. (It became an instant local sensation.)

In 1975, American Arthur Ashe won the Wimbledon singles title.

In 1982, the Penn Square Bank of Oklahoma was declared insolvent, touching off a bank crisis that affected much of the United States.

In 1994, the United States stopped accepting Haitian refugees and asked that other countries provide them with safe havens.

In 1997, Martina Hingis, 16, of Switzerland, became the youngest player in 100 years to win the women's singles tennis championship at Wimbledon.

In 2002, baseball great Ted Williams died at the age of 83. Williams, who played his entire, war-interrupted career with the Boston Red Sox, was the most recent player to hit .400 in a major league baseball season (.406 in 1941).

In 2003, in Moscow, two female suicide bombers detonated explosives at Russia's biggest rock concert, killing 16 people.

In 2006, former Enron Chairman Ken Lay died of a heart attack while awaiting sentencing on a six-count conviction in one of the biggest business scandals in U.S. history.

In 2010, Bronislaw Komorowski was declared the winner in Poland's presidential runoff with 53.01 percent of the vote, beating Jaroslaw Kaczynski, twin brother of the former president who among more than 90 people killed in a plane crash three months earlier.

In 2011, a jury in Orlando, Fla., found Casey Anthony not guilty in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The jury of five men and seven women took 11 hours over two days to acquit the Florida woman of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter in a high-profile trial that included 33 days of testimony and more than 90 witnesses.

In 2012, Republican Party officials said June was a bonanza for Mitt Romney, who set a party record for presidential fundraising in a single month -- more than $100 million.

In 2013, the African Union suspended strife-ridden Egypt's membership two days after the country's military ousted President Mohamed Morsi. (Egypt rejoined the AU in June 2014.)

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