Today in History

Content by F T.Bear

Good morning! Rise and shine!

Today in history is a place for you early risers to exercise your brains as you wait for the day to begin. Please, by all means, bring your own bits of history to the comments section and add your memories of what YOU did on this day however many years ago.

The beauty of an early morning historical post is that the date can mean the event happened today “our time” or today “other side of the world” time.

From the life and death of Plato through to the latest most recent history as it happens, we intend on bringing you stimulating and educational historical knowledge.

July 5

1881:  The New Zealand Parliament passed the Chinese Immigrants Act. A “poll tax” of 10 Pound is imposed on Chinese migrants. This is about $1700.00 in today’s terms. The numbers of migrants were also limited to one Chinese for every 10 tons of cargo. In 1896 this was increased to 100 pounds ($19,000) and one passenger for every 200 tons of cargo.

1946:  French designer Louis Reard, unveils a daring two-piece swimsuit at the Piscine Molitor, a popular swimming pool in Paris. The name “bikini” was inspired by the American atomic test that had just taken place in the Pacific Ocean, off Bikini Atoll.

1865:  In East London, revivalist preacher William Booth and his wife Catherine establish the Christian Mission, later known as the Salvation Army. They wanted to wage war against the evils of poverty and religious indifference.

1996:  Dolly the sheep, named after Dolly Parton, is born at the Roslin Institute in Scotland. Originally named 6LL3, Dolly was the first mammal cloned from an adult cell. The name is believed to have been inspired by the fact that the cell was a mammary cell.