What Happened on July 4

Significant 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 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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July 4 in Film & TV

July 4 in Music

  • 1831 "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)" is 1st sung in Boston

July 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
  • 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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