On this day: July 5

Published On: Jun 27 2012 05:38:31 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 05 2015 02:00:00 AM EDT

History's greatest showman is born, a war begins, and two of man's greatest inventions are unveiled, all on this day.

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1946: The bikini bathing suit, designed by Louis Reard, makes its debut during an outdoor fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris. The suit was worn by 19-year-old Micheline Bernardini, a nude dancer from the Casino de Paris.


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