5 July It Happened Today
1755 Birth of English actress Sarah Siddons.
1810 Birth of American showman Phineas Barnum.
1826 Death of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, English founder of Singapore.
1975 Arthur Ashe becomes the first black men’s singles champion at Wimbledon.
1975 The Cape Verde Islands gain independence from Portugal.
1989 Colonel Oliver North is fined $150000 and given a suspended prison sentence for his part in the Iran-Contra scandal.