History's greatest showman is born, a war begins, and two of man's greatest inventions are unveiled, all on this day.
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 is worn by 19-year-old Micheline Bernardini, a nude dancer from the Casino de Paris.
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National Portrait Gallery, London
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