5th July

The events happened on 5th July are :

1950 : Israel's Law of Return passed : During its early years, Israel had to absorb a major influx of immigrants, including several hundred thousand nearly destitute Holocaust survivors and a large influx of Sephardic Jews from Arab states, who had felt increasingly insecure in their home countries following the Arab defeat in the Arab-Israeli war of 1948. As a result, on this day the Knesset (parliament) passed the Law of Return, granting Jews the freedom to immigrate to Israel and immediate citizenship. This law, however, proved to be controversial in later years, when the question “Who is a Jew?” raised other issues in the Jewish state, including those of immigration of non-Jewish relatives.

1975 : Arthur Ashe defeated Jimmy Connors in four sets at the 89th Wimbledon tennis championship.

1971 : The 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was certified, granting suffrage to citizens age 18 years and older.

1865 : The U.S. Secret Service began operation under the Treasury Department to aid in the prevention of counterfeiting.

1859 : Captain N.C. Brooks discovered the Midway Islands in the central Pacific Ocean and claimed the territory for the United States.

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