On this day: July 5

POSTED: 02:38 PM PDT Jun 27, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 04, 2013 

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 - bikini
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Mahesh Shantaram via Wikimedia Commons

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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