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This Day in History for July 5

1841 – Thomas Cook opens first travel agency.

1865 – US Secret Service begins operating under the Treasury Department.

1929 – Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: In the first all-American final Helen Wills Moody beats Helen Jacobs 6-1,6-2.

1929 – WOWO-AM, Indiana returns to air, 1 day after transmitter burns down.

1934 – Lou Gehrig hits record 17th career grand slam in Yankees 8-3 win v Washington, passes Babe Ruth’s total.

1935 – FDR signs US National Labor Relations Act.

1937 – Spam, the luncheon meat is first introduced into the market by the Hormel Corporation.

1943 – US invasion fleet (96 ships) sails to Sicily.

1946 – British Open Men’s Golf, St. Andrews: In first post-WWII Championship, Sam Snead wins his only Open title, 4 strokes clear of runners-up Johnny Bulla & Bobby Locke.

1950 – US forces enter combat in the Korean War for the first time, in the Battle of Osan.

1961 – St Louis Cardinals first baseman Bill White smashes 3 HRs & a double in 9-1 rout of LA Dodgers.

1970 – US Open Women’s Open, Muskogee CC: Donna Capone successfully defends her title by 1 from Sandra Hayne and Sandra Spuzich.

1971 – 26th amendment to the US constitution certifies (reduces voting age to 18)

1984 – Supreme Court weakens 70-year-old “exclusionary rule”-evidence seized with defective court warrants can now be used in criminal trials.

1986 – Nancy Reagan cuts a red, white and blue ribbon to reopen Statue of Liberty after refurbishment.

1989 – Barry Bonds homers in Pittsburgh’s 6-4 loss vs SF Giants, joining father Bobby Bonds as MLB father-son HR record holders (408).

1994 – Amazon.com founded in Bellevue, Washington by Jeff Bezos.

2016 – FBI releases report stating Hillary Clinton was “extremely careless” handling classified emails but doesn’t recommend prosecution.

2018 – US Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt resigns amid allegations of misconduct.

2019 – Second stronger earthquake in Southern California at 7.1 magnitude centered near Ridgecrest.

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