What Happened on July 4

Historical Events

  • 1776 US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Britain
  • 1785 James Hutton, geologist, publicly reads an abstract of his theory of uniformitarianism for the first time at the meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • 1803 The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people
  • 1838 Huskar Colliery Mining Disaster in Silkstone England: mining pit floods drown 26 children, leads to 1842 'Mines and Collieries Act' bans women and children working underground
  • 1934 Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb.
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Did You Know?

Howard Florey and Norman Heatley meet for 1st time, 11 days later they successfully recreate penicillin

On July 4, 1941

Famous Weddings

  • 1925 American writer ("Gone with the Wind") Margaret Mitchell (24) marries 2nd husband John Marsh (29)
  • 1931 Irish writer (Ulysses) James Joyce and Nora Barnacle finally marry in London registry office after meeting in 1904.
  • 1940 Actress Gertrude Lawrence (42) weds theater owner Richard Aldrich
  • 1960 Film director David Lean (52) weds fourth wife Leila Matkar
  • 1973 British Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles (33) weds Camilla Rosemary Shand (26) at Guards Chapel in Birdcage Walk in London, England
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