On This Day

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

Events in History

Events 101 - 200 of 201

  • 1929 AM radio station WOWO, Indiana's transmitter burns down
  • 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

InventionHistoric Invention

1934 Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb

Physicist and Inventor Leó Szilárd
Physicist and Inventor
Leó Szilárd
  • 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 (WWII)
  • 1942 US air offensive against nazi-Germany begins

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1942 Siege of Sevastopol ends with the surrender of Soviet forces and after massive German bombing raids that leave just 11 city buildings undamaged

Soviet Sniper Lyudmila Pavlichenko
Soviet Sniper
Lyudmila Pavlichenko
  • 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

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United States Marines raise the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima
United States Marines raise the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima
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  • 1944 Allied assault on Carpiquet airport at Caen
  • 1944 Gestapo arrests German Social Democrat Julius Leber
  • 1945 Field Marshal Henry Maitland Wilson gives Britain's agreement to use the atomic bomb against Japan at the Combined Policy Committee in Washington D. C.
  • 1946 Anti Jewish riots in Kielce Poland, 42 die
  • 1946 Philippines gains independence from US

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1946 President Manuel Roxas inaugurated as the 5th President of the Philippines and the first president of the Third Republic at the Independence Grandstand, 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 Canadian Currency, Mint and 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 the crime)
  • 1954 Meat and all other food rationing officially ends in Britain, nine years after the end of World War II
  • 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

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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 Mururoa atoll
  • 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 Israel launches hostage rescue mission of 106 Air France crew and passengers held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian hijackers. Three hostages die along with all the hijackers, numerous Ugandan soldiers and Yonatan Netanyahu, an Israeli soldier
  • 1976 Opening ceremony of the Dai Bosatsu monastery Catskill Mt NY
  • 1978 Memphis fire fighters halt 3-day strike under a court order
  • 1979 Algerian ex-president Ben Bella freed

  • 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
  • 1984 Funeral for S Nakagawa and burial of half his ashes next to N Senzaki
  • 1984 Yuri Sedykh of USSR throws hammer a record 86.33 m
  • 1987 Discovery moves to Launch Pad 39B for STS-26 mission

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1987 Nazi Klaus Barbie, "Butcher of Lyon" sentenced to life imprisonment in France

Gestapo Chief Klaus Barbie
Gestapo Chief
Klaus Barbie
  • 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 Minnesota
  • 1990 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
  • 1993 Pilar Fort crowned 25th Miss Black America
  • 1993 Pizza Hut blimp deflates and lands safely on W 56th street in NYC
  • 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.

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2006 Richard Branson sells Virgin Mobile to NTL for £962.4 million

Business Magnate Richard Branson
Business Magnate
Richard Branson

USAStatue of Liberty

2009 The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks

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The Statue of Liberty, New York
The Statue of Liberty, New York
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  • 2012 Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider announce the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson
  • 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)
  • 2016 NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully enters Jupiter's orbit
  • 2017 North Korea tests first successful intercontinental ballistic missile into Sea of Japan
  • 2018 Hong Kong'stop court rules same-sex couples entitled to equal visa rights in landmark case
  • 2018 Wildfire in Yolo county, California, grows to 82,700 acres with 2,800 fire fighters battling the blaze
  • 2018 Chinese technology company Baidu announces it has begun mass production of self-driving buses, the 14-seat Apolong
  • 2019 Largest earthquake in California in 20 years 6.4 magnitude near Ridgecrest

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2019 Egypt claims 3,000-year-old Tutankhamun bust is stolen as it sells for $6 million at auction at Christies

Pharoah of Egypt Tutankhamun
Pharoah of Egypt
  • 2019 Biggest seaweed bloom in the world, the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico after algae explosion due to deforestation and fertiliser
  • 2019 Notorious Dutch crime boss Willem Holleeder sentenced to life for ordering five murders in Amsterdam
  • 2019 UN accuses Venezuelan government of using death squads and policy of installing fear to remove opposition with 5,287 people killed in 2018 for supposedly resisting arrest
  • 2019 US publication Mad Magazine announces it will stop publishing new material after 67 years

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2019 US President Donald Trump holds a “Salute to America” Fourth of July celebration in Washington, D.C., controversial for its emphasis on the military and presence of tanks

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

2019 Russian President Vladmir Putin meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President
Vladimir Putin
Pope Pope Francis
Pope Francis
  • 2019 Record temperatures in Alaska as Anchorage reaches 90F (32C)
  • 2020 Record rain in over island of Kyushu in Japan causes flooding killing a least 37 people with evacuation of more than 200,00
  • 2021 Military plane crashes near Jolo, Philippines, killing at lease 45 with dozens saved from the burning wreckage

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2021 Pope Francis undergoes surgery to remove part of his colon in Rome

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