The Bikini

On July 5, 1946, the bikini made its debut in Paris, France

JULY 5, 1946: Designer Louis Reard unveils a daring two-piece swimsuit at a popular swimming pool in Paris. He dubbed it a “bikini,” inspired by the headline-making U.S. atomic bomb test off the Bikini Atoll (photo courtesy of This Isn’t Happiness).

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