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On this day: July 5

Published On: Jun 27 2012 04:38:31 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 05 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

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

OTD July 5 - Venezuelan independence
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1811: Venezuela becomes the first South American country to declare independence from Spain, as depicted here in this 1876 painting by Venezuelan painter Martín Tovar y Tovar.

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