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1. Revolutionary War: On July 5, 1779, the British Royal Navy launched an attack on the Virginia coastline during the Revolutionary War. The Battle of Fort Simpson took place in what is now Richmond, Virginia, with British ships led by Captain Andrew Snape Hammond and American forces led by General George Weedon. After several hours of fighting, the British were forced to retreat.

2. Birth of John Marshall: July 5, 1755, marked the birth of John Marshall in Germantown, Virginia. Marshall would go on to become one of the most important figures in American history, serving as the fourth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and playing a key role in the development of American jurisprudence.

3. Jamestown Settlement: On July 5, 1610, the first supply ships arrived at Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States. The settlers had been struggling to survive after a harsh winter, and the arrival of supplies gave them much needed relief.

4. West Virginia Statehood: On July 5, 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state in the United States. Virginia had seceded from the Union in 1861, and West Virginia was created out of the northwestern counties that remained loyal to the Union.

5. Declaration of Independence Read in Williamsburg: On July 5, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read publicly for the first time in Williamsburg, Virginia, the capital of the Virginia Colony. The document had been adopted by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia two days earlier and was read aloud from the steps of the colonial capitol building.

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