Historical Events on 4th July

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  • 836 Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples
  • 993 Saint Ulrich of Augsburg is canonized.
  • 1054 Brightest known supernova SN 1054 (creates the Crab Nebula) 1st reported by Chinese astronomers
  • 1120 Jordan II of Capua is anointed as prince after his infant nephew's death.

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1187 Battle of Hittin (Tiberias): Saladin defeats Reinoud of Châtillon

1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria Saladin
1st Sultan of Egypt and Syria
Saladin
  • 1301 Battle at Breukelen: Holland vs Lichtenberg
  • 1359 Francesco II Ordelaffi of Forlì surrenders to the Papal commander Gil de Albornoz.
  • 1415 Angelo Correr renounces his claim to the Papacy as Pope Gregory XII
  • 1453 41 Jewish martyrs burned at stake at Breslau
  • 1534 Christian III is elected King of Denmark and Norway in the town of Rye.
  • 1610 Battle at Klushino: King Sigismund II beats Russian & Sweden
  • 1634 The city of Trois-Rivières is founded in New France, later to become the Canadian province of Quebec.
  • 1636 City of Providence, Rhode Island form
  • 1652 Prince of Condé starts blood bath in Paris
  • 1653 English Barebones Parliament goes into session
  • 1672 States of Holland declares "Eternal Edict" void
  • 1693 Battle at Boussu-lez-Walcourt: French-English vs Dutch army
  • 1708 Swedish King Karel XII beats Russians

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1754 George Washington gives Ft Necessity to France

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1774 Orangetown Resolutions adopted in the Province of New York, one of many protests against the British Parliament's Coercive Acts
  • 1776 According to popular legend the Liberty Bell rings for the Second Continental Congress

AgreementUnited States Declaration of Independence

1776 US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Britain

  • 1779 French fleet occupies Grenada

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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

Geologist James Hutton
Geologist
James Hutton
  • 1789 1st US tariff act signed by President Washington
  • 1796 1st Independence Day celebration is held
  • 1802 US Military Academy officially opens (West Point, NY)
  • 1803 The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people
  • 1810 French troops occupy Amsterdam
  • 1817 Construction on Erie Canal begins at Rome, NY
  • 1817 Chief Engineer James Geddes begins construction on the Erie Canal, one of the first great engineering works in North America

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1819 William Herschel makes last telescopic observation of 1819 comet

Astronomer William Herschel
Astronomer
William Herschel
  • 1827 Slavery abolished in NY
  • 1828 Construction begins on B & O (Baltimore-Ohio) 1st US passenger RR
  • 1829 Cornerstone laid for 1st US mint (Chestnut & Juniper St, Phila)
  • 1829 The first London bus "omnibus", operated by George Shillibeer, begins service between Marylebone Road and Bank Junction
  • 1831 "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)" is 1st sung in Boston
  • 1836 Wisconsin Territory forms
  • 1837 Grand Junction Railway, the world's first long-distance railway, opens between Birmingham and Liverpool.
  • 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
  • 1840 The Cunard Line's 700 ton wooden paddle steamer RMS Britannia departs from Liverpool bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia on the first transatlantic crossing with a scheduled end.

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1845 Henry David Thoreau moves into his shack on Walden Pond

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist/Pacifist
Henry David Thoreau
  • 1845 Texas Congress votes for annexation to US

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1855 In Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, titled Leaves of Grass, is published.

  • 1861 In a special session of 27th Congress Lincoln requests 400,000 troops
  • 1861 Skirmish at Harper's Ferry, WV

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1862 Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) creates Alice in Wonderland for Alice Liddell on a family boat trip on the river Isis (Thames) in Oxford

Author and Mathematician Lewis Carroll
Author and Mathematician
Lewis Carroll
  • 1862 R Morgan's: Tomkinsville, KY to Somerset, KY [->JUL 28]
  • 1863 Boise, Idaho founded (now capital of Idaho)
  • 1863 Failed Confederate assault on Helena Arkansas (640 casualties)

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1863 General Lee's army withdraws from Gettysburg

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1863 Skirmish at Smithburg, TN
  • 1863 Vicksburg, Mississippi surrenders to Union forces
  • 1864 -9] Battle at Chattahoochee River, Georgia
  • 1865 First edition of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is published
  • 1866 Firecracker thrown in wood starts fire destroying half of Portland, Mainee, US
  • 1868 Battle at Ueno, Japan: last Tokugawa armies defeated
  • 1868 In New Zealand, Maori leader Te Kooti and 300 of his followers captured the schooner Rifleman and sailed for New Zealand; the fugitives landed at Whareongaonga six days later
  • 1873 Aquarium opens in Woodward Gardens
  • 1874 Social Democratic Workmen's Party of North America formed
  • 1875 White Democrats kill several blacks in terrorist attacks in Vicksburg
  • 1876 1st public exhibition of electric light in SF
  • 1876 Batholdi visits Bedloe Island, future home of his Statue of Liberty
  • 1879 Africaner Union forms by Rev SJ du Toit at Cape colony
  • 1879 Battle at Ulundi: Lord Chelmsford beats Zulu King Cetshwayo

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1881 Booker T. Washington establishes Tuskegee Institute (Alabama)

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • 1882 Telegraph Hill Observatory opens in SF
  • 1883 Buffalo Bill Cody presents 1st wild west show, North Platte, Nebraska
  • 1884 1st US bullfight held (Dodge City Ks)
  • 1884 Statue of Liberty presented to US in Paris
  • 1886 1st scheduled transcontinental passenger train reaches Pt Moody, BC
  • 1887 The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, joins Sindh-Madrasa-tul-Islam, Karachi.
  • 1888 1st organized rodeo competition held, Prescott, Ariz
  • 1889 Washington state constitutional convention holds 1st meeting
  • 1892 James Keir Hardie chosen 1st socialist in British Lower house
  • 1892 Western Samoa changes the International Date Line, so that year there were 367 days in this country, with two occurrences of Monday, July 4.
  • 1894 Elwood Haynes successfully tests one of 1st US autos at 6 MPH
  • 1894 Republic of Hawaii proclaimed, Sanford B Dole as president
  • 1895 Katherine Lee Bates publishes "America the Beautiful"
  • 1898 French liner "La Bourgogne" collides with bark Cromartyshire, 560 die
  • 1898 US flag hoisted over Wake Island (Spanish-American War)

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1900 17th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Blanche Bingley beats Charlotte Cooper (4-6 6-4 6-4)

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • 1900 24th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Reginald Doherty beats Stan Smith (6-8 6-3 6-1 6-2)
  • 1900 Williams Jennings Bryan nominated as Democratic Party presidential candidate, USA

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1901 William Howard Taft, a former Federal judge, is installed as first governor-general of the Philippines and declares amnesty for all insurgents who take an oath of allegiance

27th US President William Howard Taft
27th US President
William Howard Taft
  • 1902 Civil government is established in the Philippines by a proclamation from US president Roosevelt, who offers a general amnesty to insurgents
  • 1903 Pacific Cable (SF, Hawaii, Guam, Phil) opens, Pres TR sends message
  • 1905 Phila A's beat Boston Red Sox 4-2 in 20 inning game
  • 1906 Great Britain, France, and Italy declare independence of Ethiopia (Abyssinia), but all lay claim to their own 'spheres of influence' in that land

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1907 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1908 NY Giant George "Hooks" Witse no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0 in 10 inn

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1910 Jack Johnson KOs James J Jeffries in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1910 The US Congress pass the Mann-Elkins Act, an important piece of railroad reform legislation
  • 1910 In a mutual defense agreements, Japan and Russia delineate their spheres of interest in Manchuria
  • 1911 105°F (41°C) at Vernon, Vermont (state record)
  • 1911 106°F (41°C) at Nashua, New Hampshire (state record)

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1911 White Sox Ed Walsh stops Ty Cobb's 40-game hitting streak as Cobb goes 0 for 4

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1912 Detroit Tiger George Mullen no-hits St Louis Browns, 7-0
  • 1912 Jack Johnson TKOs Jim Flynn in 9 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1913 37th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Anthony Wilding beats Maurice E. McLoughlin (8-6 6-3 10-8)
  • 1913 30th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats W McNair (6-0 6-4)
  • 1914 1st US motorcycle race (300 miles, Dodge City Ks)
  • 1914 31st Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats E Larcombe (7-5 6-4)
  • 1914 38th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Norman Brookes beats A Wilding (6-4 6-4 7-5)
  • 1918 Altar dedicated at full-scale replica of Stonehenge at Maryhill, Wa
  • 1918 Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI ascends to the throne.
  • 1919 ADGB (Allgemeine Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund) party forms
  • 1919 Cincinnati Reds are 10½ games back in NL, & win World Series

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1919 Jack Dempsey KOs Jess Willard in Cuba for heavyweight championship

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • 1920 The provisional government of Siberia's Maritime Province agrees to hand over parts of the strategic oil- and coal-rich Sakhalin Islands to Japan
  • 1923 Jack Dempsey beats Tommy Gibbon in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1925 44 die when Dreyfus Hotel in Boston collapses
  • 1925 45th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Rene Lacoste beats J Borotra (6-3 6-3 4-6 8-6)
  • 1925 A's Lefty Grove beats Yanks Herb Pennock 1-0 in 15 innings
  • 1926 Baronie soccer team forms in Breda Neth
  • 1926 NSDAP-party forms in Weimar

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1927 Sukarno and friends form the pro-Indonesian independence party, the PNI (Perserikatan Nasional Indonesia) in Batavia, Dutch East Indies

1st President of Indonesia Sukarno
1st President of Indonesia
Sukarno
  • 1927 First flight of the Lockheed Vega.
  • 1929 AM radio station WOWO, Indiana's transmitter burns down

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1930 43rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Moody beats Elizabeth Ryan (6-2 6-2)

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • 1931 1st fireworks are held at Cleveland Stadium
  • 1931 1st trailside museum opens in Cleveland Metroparks

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1932 Bradman scores 260, a North American record, v Western Ontario

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1933 Work begins on Oakland Bay Bridge
  • 1934 Jordanians revolt in Amsterdam after reduction in employment
  • 1934 Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb.
  • 1936 49th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Hull Jacobs beats H Sperling (6-2 4-6 7-5)
  • 1936 League of Nations ends sanctions against Italy after Italian takeover of Abyssinia
  • 1938 1st game at Shribe Park, Phila; Braves beat Phillies 10-5
  • 1938 France-Turkish friendship treaty
  • 1939 Red Sox Jim Tabor hits 2 grand slams in 1 game

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1939 Yankees retire 1st uniform (Lou Gehrig #4), 1st Old Timers Day

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1940 British destroys French battle fleet at Oran, Algeria, 1267 die
  • 1940 German occupiers forbids anti-Nazi speeches
  • 1941 Latvia partisans shoot 416 Jews dead
  • 1941 Politburo of Yugoslav communist party reorganizes

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1941 Howard Florey & Norman Heatley meet for 1st time, 11 days later they successfully recreate penicillin

Pathologist and Nobel Laureate Howard Florey
Pathologist and Nobel Laureate
Howard Florey
  • 1942 1st American bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe (WW II)
  • 1942 US air offensive against nazi-Germany begins
  • 1944 1,100 US guns fire 4th of July salute at German lines in Normandy

Victory in battleRaising the Flag on Iwo Jima

1944 1st Japanese kamikaze attack, US fleet near Iwo Jima

  • 1944 Allied assault on Carpiquet airport at Caen
  • 1944 Gestapo arrests German Social Democrat Julius Leber
  • 1946 Anti Jewish riots in Kielce Poland, 42 die
  • 1946 Philippines gains independence from US

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1946 President Manuel Roxas was inaugurated as the 5th President of the Philippines and the first president of the Third Republic at the Independence Grandstand in Manila

5th President of the Philippines Manuel Roxas
5th President of the Philippines
Manuel Roxas
  • 1947 61st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jack Kramer beats Tom P Brown (6-1 6-3 6-2)
  • 1947 76th British Golf Open: Fred Daly shoots a 293 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club
  • 1950 Braves Sid Gordon ties season grand slam record with 4
  • 1950 Harry Truman signs public law 600 (Puerto Ricans write own constitution)
  • 1950 The first broadcast by Radio Free Europe.
  • 1952 66th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Frank Sedgman beats Jaroslav Drobný (4-6 6-2 6-3 6-2)
  • 1952 Canadain Currency, Mint & Exchange Fund Act allows gold coins of $5, $10, and $20 to be minted
  • 1953 60th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (8-6 7-5)
  • 1953 Imre Nagy succeeds Matyas Rákosi as premier of Hungary
  • 1954 WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins
  • 1954 FIFA World Cup: West Germany defeats Hungary 3-2 for footballs 5th World Cup in Bern
  • 1954 Dr Sam Sheppard's wife Marilyn is murdered (he is accused of crime)
  • 1956 Independence National Historical Park forms in Philadelphia
  • 1956 US most intense rain fall (1.23" in 1 minute) at Unionville Maryland
  • 1957 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts temporary tax increase

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1958 72nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Ashley Cooper beats N Fraser (3-6 6-3 6-4 13-11)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper

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1959 66th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Bueno beats Darlene Hard (6-4 6-3)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • 1959 America's new 49-star flag honoring Alaska statehood unfurled
  • 1959 Cayman Islands separated from Jamaica, made a crown colony

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1960 6th LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1960 America's new 50-star flag honoring Hawaiian statehood unfurled

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1960 Mickey Mantle is 18th to hit 300 HRs

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1961 Walt Disney is one of the two main speakers on the Independence Day in The Rebuild Hills at Skørping in Denmark
  • 1962 Island Records begins
  • 1962 KIKU (now KHNL) TV channel 13 in Honolulu, HI (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1964 71st Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Bueno beats Margaret Court (64 79 63)
  • 1964 Beachboys' "I Get Around" reaches #1
  • 1965 20th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Carol Mann

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1966 Beatles attacked in Philippines after (unintentionally) insulting Imelda Marcos

First Lady and Politican Imelda Marcos
First Lady and Politican
Imelda Marcos

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1966 LBJ signs Freedom of Information Act

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1967 Opening ceremony of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
  • 1967 Phillies Clay Dairymple ties NL record of 6 walks in doubleheader
  • 1968 Arthur Kopit's "Indians" premieres in London
  • 1968 Radio astronomy satellite Explorer 38 launched
  • 1969 "Give Peace a Chance" by Plastic Ono Band is released in UK

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1969 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep & Janis Joplin

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin

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1969 76th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Ann Jones beats Billie Jean King (3-6 6-3 6-2)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1969 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1969 The Ohio Fireworks Derecho kills 18 Ohioans and destroys over 100 boats on Lake Erie.
  • 1970 100 injured in race rioting in Asbury Park NJ

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1970 84th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John Newcombe beats Ken Rosewall (57 63 62 36 61)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

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1970 Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" debuts on LA radio

Disc jockey and actor Casey Kasem
Disc jockey and actor
Casey Kasem
  • 1970 Chartered Dan-Air Comet crashes into mountains north of Barcelona, Spain killing 112 vacationing Britons
  • 1970 The Falls Road curfew in North Ireland, imposed by the British Army while searching for IRA weapons, continues throughout the day; a man is killed by the British Army.
  • 1971 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1972 The Royal Ulster Constabulary forward a file about the killings on 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972) to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland
  • 1973 Alan Ayckbourne's "Absurd Person Singular," premieres in London
  • 1973 CARICOM - Caribbean Community & Common Market, forms
  • 1973 In audience with Italian cyclists, Pope Paul VI praises athletes who "offer the magnificent show of a healthy, strong, generous youth"
  • 1974 Mike Marshall goes 9-0 with 3 saves in 20 appearances in 30 days
  • 1975 82nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong (60 61)

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1975 Ted Bundy victim Nancy Baird disappears from Layton, Utah

Serial Killer Ted Bundy
Serial Killer
Ted Bundy
  • 1976 Opening ceremony of the Dai Bosatsu monastery Catskill Mt NY
  • 1976 Operation Entebbe - Israel rescues 229 Air France hostage passengers In Uganda (3 hostages die along with Ugandan soldiers and Israeli soldier)