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Today In History - July 4

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Today in History in 1776 U.S. Congress proclaimed the Declaration of Independence and independence from Britain; in 1831 "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)" was first sung in Boston; and in 1895 "America the Beautiful" was published by Katherine Lee Bates.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1776 - According to popular legend the Liberty Bell rings for the 2nd Continental Congress
  • 1776 - US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Britain
  • 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.
  • 1817 - Chief Engineer James Geddes begins construction on the Erie Canal, one of the first great engineering works in North America
  • 1819 - William Herschel makes last telescopic observation of 1819 comet
  • 1831 - "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)" is 1st sung in Boston
  • 1845 - Henry David Thoreau moves into his shack on Walden Pond
  • 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
  • 1862 - Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) creates Alice in Wonderland for Alice Liddell on a family boat trip on the river Isis (Thames) in Oxford
  • 1865 - First edition of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is published
  • 1881 - Booker T. Washington establishes Tuskegee Institute (Alabama)
  • 1882 - Telegraph Hill Observatory opens in SF
  • 1883 - Buffalo Bill Cody presents 1st wild west show, North Platte, Nebraska
  • 1895 - Katherine Lee Bates publishes "America the Beautiful"
  • 1898 - US flag hoisted over Wake Island (Spanish-American War)
  • 1900 - Williams Jennings Bryan nominated as Democratic Party presidential candidate, USA
  • 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
  • 1902 - Civil government is established in the Philippines by a proclamation from US president Roosevelt, who offers a general amnesty to insurgents
  • 1941 - Howard Florey & Norman Heatley meet for 1st time, 11 days later they successfully recreate penicillin

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1804 - Nathaniel Hawthorne, Salem Massachusetts, author (House of 7 Gables, Scarlet Letter)
  • 1826 - Stephen Foster, Lawrenceville Pennsylvania, American composer (Oh! Susanna, Swanee River)
  • 1872 - Calvin Coolidge, [Silent Cal], Plymouth Notch Vermont, (R) 30th US President (1923-29), (d. 1933)
  • 1875 - Giovanni & Giacomo Tocci, Italy, Siamese twins
  • 1910 - Gloria Stuart, actress (Rose-Titanic)/founder (Screen Actors Guild), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 2010)
  • 1915 - Jimmie Rogers, singer (Sugar Hill Time), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1916 - Tokyo Rose, [Iva Toguri D'Aquino], propagandist (WW II)
  • 1918 - Pauline Phillips, Sioux City, Iowa, advice columnist (Dear Abby), (d. 2013)
  • 1920 - Leona Helmsley, (wife of Harry), real estate billionaire/tax cheat
  • 1930 - George Steinbrenner, Rocky River Ohio, owner (NY Yankees)/ship builder/horse owner, (d. 2010)
  • 1931 - Stephen Boyd [William Millar], Glengormley, County Antrim, Irish actor (Fantastic Voyage, Ben-Hur)

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.
  • 1973 - British Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles (33) weds Camilla Rosemary Shand (26) at Guards Chapel in Birdcage Walk in London, England
  • 1974 - Singer Barry White (29) weds R&B singer Glodean James at a private ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1982 - Ex Black Sabbath lead singer Ozzy Osbourne (33) weds TV host Sharon Arden (29) in Maui, Hawaii
  • 1992 - US actress Bobbie Eakes marries author David Stone
  • 1997 - "Beverly Hills 90210" actor Ian Ziering (34) weds model-actress Nikki Schieler (26) in Beverly Hills, California
  • 1997 - Actor Bill Murray (46) weds costume designer Jennifer Butler (30)
  • 1999 - Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star player David Beckham (24) weds Spice Girls singer Victoria Adams (25) at the 560-acre Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin, Ireland
  • 2002 - Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts (34) weds L.A. cameraman Danny Moder (33) at her 82-acre ranch in Taos, New Mexico
  • 2003 - Screenwriter and producer Dean Devlin (40) weds "Another World" actress Lisa Brenner (29)
  • 2004 - Actor Dennis Quaid (50) weds real estate agent Kimberly Buffington (32) at his 500-acre Montana ranch in Paradise Valley, Montana
  • 2010 - "Survivor: Thailand" star Tanya Vance weds Joseph Luczaj in Maui, Hawaii
  • 2012 - NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (34) weds "Basketball Wives" TV personality Evelyn Lozada in Saint Martin
  • 2012 - "Grey's Anatomy" actress Sara Ramirez (36) weds TIMEC's business analyst Ryan Debolt in a private beachside ceremony in New York
  • 2013 - Singer Tina Turner (73) weds music executive Erwin Bach (57) in Kusnacht, Switzerland
  • 2014 - Star Trek actor Tom Hardy (36) weds actress Charlotte Riley (32) in a secret ceremony

Famous Deaths

  • 1826 - John Adams, 2nd US President (1797-1801), dies at 90
  • 1826 - Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President (1801-09), dies at 83
  • 1831 - James Monroe, 5th US president (1817-25), dies of heart failure and tuberculosis at 73
  • 1840 - Karl Ferdinand von Graefe, German surgeon who helped create modern plastic surgery dies at 53
  • 1934 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie, French-Polish Physicist/Chemist, 1st woman to win Nobel Prize (1903, 1911) dies at 66 of radiation poisoning
  • 1995 - Bob Ross, artist, dies at 52
  • 1995 - Eva Gabor, actress (Green Acres), dies at 76
  • 1997 - Charles Kuralt, news anchor (CBS Sunday Morning), dies at 62
  • 2003 - Barry White, American singer, dies at 58 


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