On this day: July 5

POSTED: 02:38 PM PDT Jun 27, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 04, 2016 

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 - Robbie Robertson
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1944: Singer-songwriter Robbie Robertson, best known for his work as lead guitarist and primary lyricist within The Band, is born Jaime Robert Klegerman in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Robertson is credited for writing such classics as "The Weight," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Up On Cripple Creek."


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