Today in History: July 5

Today in History: July 5

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1776

The Declaration of Independence is first printed by John Dunlop in Philadelphia.

1806

A Spanish army repels the British during their attempt to retake Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1814

U.S. troops under Jacob Brown defeat a superior British force at Chippewa, Canada.

1832

The German government begins curtailing freedom of the press after German Democrats advocate a revolt against Austrian rule.

1839

British naval forces bombard Dingai on Zhoushan Island in China and occupy it.

1863

Federal troops occupy Vicksburg, Mississippi and distribute supplies to the citizens.

1892

Andrew Beard is issued a patent for the rotary engine.

1940

Marshal Henri Petain's Vichy government breaks off diplomatic relations with Great Britain.

1941

German troops reach the Dnieper River in the Soviet Union.

1943

The Battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle in history, begins.

1944

The Japanese garrison on Numfoor, New Guinea, tries to counterattack but is soon beaten back by U.S. forces.

1950

American forces engage the North Koreans for the first time at Osan, South Korea.