What Happened on July 4

Historical Events

  • 1803 The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people by President Thomas Jefferson
  • 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
  • 2017 North Korea tests first successful intercontinental ballistic missile into Sea of Japan
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Jul 4 in Film & TV

Jul 4 in Music

  • 1831 "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)", with lyric by Samuel Francis Smith, has 1st public performance at Park Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts

Jul 4 in Sport

  • 1939 Lou Gehrig is first MLB player to have his number (4) retired on his "Appreciation Day" at Yankee Stadium, makes iconic "luckiest man" speech

Did You Know?

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

On July 4, 1941

Would You Believe?

Western Samoa changes the International Date Line, so that year there were 367 days in this country, with two occurrences of Monday, July 4

On July 4, 1892

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

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