On This Day in History for July 4 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 183 of 183

  • 1931 1st fireworks are held at Cleveland Stadium
  • 1931 1st trailside museum opens in Cleveland Metroparks
  • 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 League of Nations ends sanctions against Italy after Italian takeover of Abyssinia
  • 1938 France-Turkish friendship treaty
  • 1940 British destroys French battle fleet at Oran, Algeria, 1267 die
  • 1941 Latvia partisans shoot 416 Jews dead
  • 1941 Politburo of Yugoslav communist party reorganizes

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1941 Howard Florey and 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
  • 1950 Harry Truman signs public law 600 (Puerto Ricans write own constitution)
  • 1950 The first broadcast by Radio Free Europe.
  • 1952 Canadain Currency, Mint & Exchange Fund Act allows gold coins of $5, $10, and $20 to be minted
  • 1953 Imre Nagy succeeds Matyas Rákosi as premier of Hungary
  • 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
  • 1959 America's new 49-star flag honoring Alaska statehood unfurled
  • 1959 Cayman Islands separated from Jamaica, made a crown colony
  • 1959 Island Records founded in Jamaica
  • 1960 America's new 50-star flag honoring Hawaiian statehood unfurled
  • 1961 Walt Disney is one of the two main speakers on the Independence Day in The Rebuild Hills at Skørping in Denmark

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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1974 Mike Marshall goes 9-0 with 3 saves in 20 appearances in 30 days

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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)
  • 1978 Memphis fire fighters halt 3-day strike under a court order
  • 1979 Algerian ex-president Ben Bella freed
  • 1981 Clive Rice 105* out of 143 all out, Notts v Hants at Bournemouth
  • 1982 4th Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 4 lands at Edwards AFB
  • 1982 Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado elected president of Mexico
  • 1982 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 1982 Yankees bat out of order against Indians in 1st inning
  • 1984 Funeral for S Nakagawa & burial half his ashes next to N Senzaki
  • 1984 Kallicharran gets 206 & 6-32 in a NatWest Trophy game
  • 1984 Yuri Sedykh of USSR throws hammer a record 86.33 m
  • 1987 Discovery moves to Launch Pad 39B for STS-26 mission
  • 1987 Nazi Klaus Barbie, "Butcher of Lyon" sentenced to life in France
  • 1988 US Navy shoots down Iranian civilian jetliner over Gulf, kills 290
  • 1989 Unmanned Russian Mig-23 crashes in Bellegem-Kooigem, Belgium (1 dies)
  • 1990 400 New Kids on the Block fans treated for heat exhaustion in Minn
  • 1990 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • 1993 Dave Winfield hits 442nd HR to move into 19th place
  • 1993 Pilar Fort crowned 25th Miss Black America
  • 1993 Pizza Hut blimp deflates & lands safely on W 56th street in NYC
  • 1994 Russian manned space craft TM-18 lands
  • 1994 Rwandese Patriotic Front occupies Kigali
  • 1996 Hot Mail, a free internet E-mail service begins
  • 1997 US space probe Pathfinder lands on Ares Vallis Mars
  • 2004 The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City. (This was largely a symbolic event; actual construction would not start for several weeks)
  • 2005 The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1.
  • 2006 Space Shuttle program: STS-121 Mission - Space Shuttle Discovery launches at 18:37:55 UTC.
  • 2006 North Korea tests four short-range missiles, one medium-range missile, and a long-range Taepodong-2. The long-range Taepodong-2 reportedly fails in mid-air over the Sea of Japan/East Sea.
  • 2009 The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks.
  • 2013 12 people are killed and 60 are injured in a wave of shootings across Chicago
  • 2014 Rolf Harris is sentenced to 5 years and 9 months for indecently assaulting female minors
  • 2015 Matt "Megatoad" Stonie, in an upset, defeats 8x hot dog eating champion Joey "Jaws" Chestnut at Nathan's Famous, Coney Island with 62 hot dogs
  • 2015 Unesco grants World Heritage Status to vineyards in Champagne, France along with Singapore's Botanical Gardens, Diyarbakir Fortress (Turkey) and Maymand Caves (Iran)

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