- 5 July 1946, Louis Reard (right) created the bikini, modeled by Micheline Bernardini at the Piscine Molitor during a Paris pool-side fashion show.
- 7 July 1846, the U.S. annexed, perhaps maybe stole, California from Mexico.
- 8 July 1898, the U.S. annexed Hawaii, where many Hawaiians, and some others also, felt this was illegally accomplished.
Certainly, Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini by Brian Hyland was the most popular thong song, although California Gurls by Katy Perry with Snoop Dogg has been said by some to be the ultimate bikini tune. But in 1960 a bikini was still hardly worn and Kapp Records was hesitant to release this single, finally being convinced by the composer Paul Vance, who argued that this song was only about my 2-year-old daughter, Paula. She was actually 9. Vance wrote 300 songs, including Catch a Falling Star and Playground in My Mind. Interesting that The New York Times reported he passed away a decade ago, on my birth date, but the Palm Beach Post last year indicated that at the age of 85 Vance is still looking for another hit. Wikipedia confirms that he is alive and well.