Today is Sunday, July 5, the 186th day of 2015. There are 179 days left in the year.

Highlights in history on this date:

1556 - France's King Henry II renews war against Hapsburgs, one of the principal sovereign dynasties of Europe, in Italy.

1587 - Sir Francis Drake leads an expedition into the port of Cadiz, Spain, and ravages the Spanish coast. He destroyed so many vessels that the Spaniards had to delay their invasion of England for a year.

1811 - Venezuela becomes first South American country to declare its independence from Spain.

1812 - Britain makes peace with Russia and Sweden.

1830 - French invade Algeria and take Algiers, seizing private and religious buildings and a vast portion of the country's arable land. The colonization of Algeria was seen as a way of providing employment for veterans of the Napoleonic wars.

1865 - Methodist minister William Booth founds the Christian Revival Association, later to become the Salvation Army, in London.

1932 - Right-wing politician Antonio de Oliveira Salazar becomes Portugal's prime minister. He soon creates an authoritarian political order that lasts until 1974.

1940 - Vichy government in France breaks off relations with Britain in World War II.

1943 - German offensive on Russian front begins with Battle of Kursk in World War II.

1959 - President Sukarno dissolves Indonesia's Constituent Assembly.

1969 - Tom Mboya, likely successor to Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta, is assassinated in Nairobi.

1973 - Gen. Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu, comes to power in Rwanda in a bloodless coup, and remains president until his death in a plane crash in 1994.

1975 - The Cape Verde Islands become independent after 500 years of Portuguese rule.

1977 - Pakistan army seizes power in bloodless coup that unseats Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

1988 - Iran's president says the country has the "right to avenge" the airliner shot down by a U.S. warship.

1994 - Thousands of jubilant Palestinians greet PLO leader Yasser Arafat when he returns to the West Bank for the first time in 27 years and swears in the self-rule government.

1995 - Flouting a U.N. ban on military flights over Bosnia, a suspected Serb warplane fires rockets at a strategic power plant in government-held territory.

1998 - Protestants erect road blocks in Northern Ireland after the Orange Order is stopped by police from marching through the Catholic neighborhood of Portadown.

2000 - The U.N. Security Council imposes an 18-month diamond ban on Sierra Leone's rebels in a bid to strangle their ability to finance a civil war.

2002 - South Africa's Constitutional Court orders President Thabo Mbeki to provide the antiretroviral drug nevirapine to pregnant women in state hospitals who were infected with HIV.

2005 - Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government criticizes the U.S. military for killing up to 17 civilians in an airstrike and orders an immediate investigation.

2006 - NATO calls for a firm international response to North Korea's missile tests, which the military alliance condemns as a threat to security in Asia and the wider world.

2012 - Trucks carrying NATO supplies roll into Afghanistan for the first time in more than seven months, ending a painful chapter in U.S.-Pakistan relations that saw the border closed until Washington apologized for an airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

2013 - Enraged Islamists push back against the toppling of President Mohammed Morsi, as tens of thousands of his supporters take to the streets vowing to win his reinstatement and clash with their opponents in violence that killed 30 and wounded more than 200 nationwide.

2014 - Ukrainian troops force pro-Russian insurgents out of a key stronghold in the country's embattled east, a significant success that suggests the government may be finally making gains in the months-long battle against a spreading separatist insurgency.

Today's Birthdays:

Sir Stamford Raffles, British founder of Singapore (1781-1826); Phineas Taylor Barnum, U.S. circus pioneer (1810-1891); Cecil Rhodes, English statesman and Central Africa pioneer (1853-1902); Jean Cocteau, French author-film maker (1889-1963); Georges Pompidou, French prime minister and president (1911-1974); Huey Lewis, U.S. singer (1951--); Edie Falco, actress (1963--).

Thought For Today:

The truly fashionable are beyond fashion — Cecil Beaton, English fashion photographer and costume designer (1904-1980).