July 5

The bikini went on sale today in 1946 after it made its debut at an outdoor Paris fashion show. Many western nations declared the bikini to be illegal and the Vatican thought it was sinful. By the mid-1960s, however, it became common among most western nations. Pin-up girls and Hollywood starlets such as Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe took advantage of the new look.

Arthur Ashe became the first and only African American to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon in 1975. He was also the first African American to be selected for the United States Davis Cup team. He also won the U.S. Open in 1968 and the Australian Open in 1970. Ashe contracted HIV, during a blood transfusion in the early 1980s and died in 1993, from AIDS-related pneumonia at the age of 49.

In 1996, Dolly, the sheep, was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell using the process of nuclear transfer. The cloning occurred at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Dolly died in 2003 from a lung disease. Dolly was named after Dolly Parton due to the fact that the scientists used a mammary gland cell. During Dolly’s lifetime, she bore six lambs.

Birthdays Today

1902Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., American colonel and politician, 3rd United States Ambassador to the United Nations (d. 1985)
1950Huey Lewis, American singer-songwriter and actor (Huey Lewis and the News and Clover)
1963Edie Falco, American actress



Larry Moskal began his career as a Social Studies teacher in 1971. He graduated from the University of Buffalo with degrees in history and education. Larry taught Social Studies for the Ken-Ton School system, a suburban school system north of Buffalo, New York until 2005, and then taught and was the Dean of Students at San Miguel High School in Tucson. At Ken-Ton, he pioneered several online courses for high school students. In the 1980s, he spent three years teaching in Colombia, South America and spent four years at Lewiston-Porter High School. He currently is the PowerSchool Administrator for San Miguel accomplishing his work over the Internet.