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July 4th, 2006 (July 04 2006)EventSpace Shuttle program: STS-121 MissionSpace Shuttle Discovery launches at 18:37:55 UTC.
July 4th, 2006 (July 04 2006)EventNorth 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.
July 4th, 2005 (July 04 2005)EventThe Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1.
July 4th, 2004 (July 04 2004)EventThe 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)
July 4th, 1997 (July 04 1997)EventNASA s Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars.
July 4th, 1993 (July 04 1993)EventSumitomo Chemical s resin plant in Nihama explodes killing one worker and injuring three others.
July 4th, 1987 (July 04 1987)EventIn France, former Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie (aka the "Butcher of Lyon") is convicted of crimes against humanity and is sentenced to life imprisonment.Klaus Barbie Quotes
July 4th, 1982 (July 04 1982)EventIranian diplomats kidnapping (1982): four Iranian diplomats are kidnapped by Lebanese militia in Lebanon.
July 4th, 1976 (July 04 1976)EventIsraeli commandos raid Entebbe airport in Uganda, rescuing all but four of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by Palestinian terrorists.
July 4th, 1969 (July 04 1969)EventTwo teens (one male, one female) are attacked at Blue Rock Springs in California. They were the second (known) victims of the Zodiac Killer. The male survives.
July 4th, 1969 (July 04 1969)EventThe Ohio Fireworks Derecho kills 18 Ohioans and destroys over 100 boats on Lake Erie.
July 4th, 1966 (July 04 1966)EventPresident Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act into United States law. The act goes into effect the next year.Lyndon Johnson Quotes
July 4th, 1966 (July 04 1966)EventThe Beatles, in the Phillipines to give two concerts, are accused of standing up Imelda Marcos. Their entourage is beaten up at the airport.
July 4th, 1961 (July 04 1961)EventWalt Disney is one of the two main speakers on the Independence Day in The Rebild Hills at Skorping in DenmarkWalt Disney Quotes
July 4th, 1960 (July 04 1960)EventDue to the post-Independence Day admission of Hawai?i as the 50th U.S. state on August 21, 1959, the 50-star flag of the United States debuts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania almost ten and a half months later (see Flag Act).
July 4th, 1959 (July 04 1959)EventWith the admission of Alaska as the 49th U.S. state earlier in the year, the 49-star flag of the United States debuts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
July 4th, 1950 (July 04 1950)EventThe first broadcast by Radio Free Europe.
July 4th, 1947 (July 04 1947)EventThe "Indian Independence Bill" is presented before British House of Commons, suggesting bifurcation of British India into two sovereign countriesIndia and Pakistan.
July 4th, 1946 (July 04 1946)EventAfter 381 years of near-continuous colonial rule, the Philippines is granted full independence by the United States.
July 4th, 1941 (July 04 1941)EventNazi Germans massacre Polish scientists and writers in the captured Polish city of Lwow.
July 4th, 1939 (July 04 1939)EventLou Gehrig, recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, tells a crowd at Yankee Stadium that he considers himself "The luckiest man on the face of the earth" as he announces his retirement from major league baseball.
July 4th, 1934 (July 04 1934)EventLeo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb.Leo Szilard Quotes
July 4th, 1927 (July 04 1927)EventFirst flight of the Lockheed Vega.
July 4th, 1918 (July 04 1918)EventOttoman sultan Mehmed VI ascends to the throne.
July 4th, 1918 (July 04 1918)EventBolsheviks kill Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family (Julian calendar date). Julian Quotes
July 4th, 1910 (July 04 1910)EventAfrican-American boxer Jack Johnson knocks out white boxer Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match sparking race riots across the United States.Jack Johnson Quotes
July 4th, 1894 (July 04 1894)EventThe short-lived Republic of Hawaii is proclaimed by Sanford B. Dole.
July 4th, 1892 (July 04 1892)EventWestern Samoa changes the International Date Line, so that year there were 367 days in this country, with two occurrences of Monday, July 4.
July 4th, 1887 (July 04 1887)EventThe founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, joins Sindh-Madrasa-tul-Islam, Karachi.Muhammad Ali Quotes
July 4th, 1886 (July 04 1886)EventThe people of France offer the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States.
July 4th, 1886 (July 04 1886)EventThe first scheduled Canadian transcontinental train arrives in Port Moody, British Columbia.
July 4th, 1881 (July 04 1881)EventIn Alabama, the Tuskegee Institute opens.
July 4th, 1865 (July 04 1865)EventAlice s Adventures in Wonderland is published.
July 4th, 1863 (July 04 1863)EventAmerican Civil War: Siege of VicksburgVicksburg, Mississippi surrenders to Ulysses S. Grant after 47 days of siege. 150 miles up the Mississippi River, a Confederate Army is repulsed at the Battle of Helena, Arkansas.Ulysses S. Grant Quotes
July 4th, 1862 (July 04 1862)EventLewis Carroll tells Alice Liddell a story that would grow into Alice s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequels.Lewis Carroll Quotes
July 4th, 1859 (July 04 1859)EventAustro-Sardinian War: the Battle of Magenta.
July 4th, 1855 (July 04 1855)EventIn Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman s book of poems, titled Leaves of Grass, is published.Walt Whitman Quotes
July 4th, 1845 (July 04 1845)EventNear Concord, Massachusetts, Henry David Thoreau embarks on a two-year experiment in simple living at Walden Pond (see Walden).Henry David Thoreau Quotes
July 4th, 1840 (July 04 1840)EventThe Cunard Line s 700 ton wooden paddle steamer RMS Britannia departs from Liverpool bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia on the first transatlantic crossing with a scheduled end.
July 4th, 1838 (July 04 1838)EventThe Iowa Territory is organized.
July 4th, 1837 (July 04 1837)EventGrand Junction Railway, the world s first long-distance railway, opens between Birmingham and Liverpool.
July 4th, 1827 (July 04 1827)EventSlavery is abolished in New York State.
July 4th, 1817 (July 04 1817)EventAt Rome, New York, United States, construction on the Erie Canal begins.
July 4th, 1810 (July 04 1810)EventThe French occupy Amsterdam.
July 4th, 1803 (July 04 1803)EventThe Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people.
July 4th, 1802 (July 04 1802)EventAt West Point, New York the United States Military Academy opens.
July 4th, 1778 (July 04 1778)EventForces under George Rogers Clark capture Kaskaskia during the Illinois campaign.
July 4th, 1776 (July 04 1776)EventAmerican Revolution: the United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress
July 4th, 1754 (July 04 1754)EventLt-Col. George Washington surrenders Fort Necessity to French Capt. Louis Coulon de Villiers.George Washington Quotes
July 4th, 1636 (July 04 1636)EventCity of Providence, Rhode Island forms. Ovid Quotes
July 4th, 1634 (July 04 1634)EventThe city of Trois-Rivieres is founded in New France, later to become the Canadian province of Quebec.
July 4th, 1359 (July 04 1359)EventFrancesco II Ordelaffi of Forli surrenders to the Papal commander Gil de Albornoz.
July 4th, 1253 (July 04 1253)EventBattle of West-Capelle: John I of Avesnes defeats Guy of Dampierre.
July 4th, 1187 (July 04 1187)EventThe Crusades: Battle of HattinSaladin defeats Guy of Lusignan, King of Jerusalem.
July 4th, 1120 (July 04 1120)EventJordan II of Capua is anointed as prince after his infant nephew s death.
July 4th, 1054 (July 04 1054)EventA supernova is observed by the Chinese, the Arabs and possibly Amerindians near the star ? Tauri. For several months it remains bright enough to be seen during the day. Its remnants form the Crab Nebula.
July 4th, 0993 (July 04 0993)EventSaint Ulrich of Augsburg is canonized.
July 4th, 0836 (July 04 0836)EventPactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples

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