4 JULY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • King Oscar I Sweden, 1799
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804
  • Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1807
  • Stephen Foster, 1826
  • Calvin Coolidge, 1872
  • Rube Goldberg, 1883
  • Louis B. Mayer, 1885
  • Gertrude Lawrence, 1898
  • Louis Armstrong, 1900
  • Meyer Lansky, 1902
  • Lionel Trilling, 1905
  • Mitch Miller, 1911
  • Tokyo Rose, 1916
  • Ann Landers & Abigail Van Buren, 1918
  • Leona Helmsley, 1920
  • Eva Marie Saint, 1924
  • Neil Simon, 1927
  • Gina Lollobrigida, 1928
  • Stephen Boyd, 1928
  • George Steinbrenner, 1930
  • Michael Milken, 1946
  • Pam Shriver, 1962

Died On This Day:

  • Samuel Richardson, 1761
  • Thomas Jefferson, 1826
  • John Adams, 1826
  • James Monroe, 1831
  • François René de Chateaubriand, 1848
  • Madame Marie Curie, 1934
  • Suzanne Lenglen, 1938
  • Eva Gabor, 1995
  • Charles Kuralt, 1997
  • Mordecai Richler, 2001
  • Barry White, 2003
  • Jesse Helms, 2008

Today's Events:

  • 1054 - Crab Nebula, brightest known super-nova begins shining in sky; observed by Chinese astronomers.
  • 1636 - Providence RI founded.
  • 1776 - Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence; official signing of all members-Aug. 2.
  • 1817 - Construction begins on Erie Canal.
  • 1828 - Ground-breaking ceremony in Baltimore, MD for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
  • 1829 - First London bus runs.
  • 1831 - The song 'America' by Samuel Francis Smith first performed at Park St. Church, Boston.
  • 1848 - Communist manifesto published by Marx & Engels.
  • 1862 - Lewis Carroll conceives idea for 'Alice in Wonderland' on boat trip on River Thames, London.
  • 1863 - Surrender at Vicksburg; Confederacy surrenders to Ulysses S. Grant's Union troops in Civil War.
  • 1883 - Statue of Liberty presented to U.S. by France.
  • 1884 - America's first bullfight held in Dodge City, KS.
  • 1888 - First rodeo in America held at Prescott, AZ.
  • 1894 - Republic of Hawaii established.
  • 1895 - Poem 'America the Beautiful' by Katherine Lee Bates published in Boston.
  • 1902 - First motorcycle race in America from Boston to New York.
  • 1904 - Construction begins on Panama Canal.
  • 1919 - Jack Dempsey KO's Jess Willard in 3rd at Toledo to become world heavyweight boxing champ.
  • 1924 - According to flackery, Caesar salad invented today by Chef Caesar Cardini at Palace Hotel, Tijuana.
  • 1955 - First king cobra snakes born in captivity at the Bronx Zoo.
  • 1976 - Millions of Americans celebrate 200th anniversary of U.S. independence.
  • 1997 - Mars Pathfinder reaches the red planet just before dawn deploying 22 lb rover to explore.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Martin of Tours
  • Odo the Good
  • Andrew of Crete
  • Ulric of Augsburg

Holiday:

  • UNITED STATES INDEPENDENCE DAY (1776)
  • Independence Day Philippines (1946)

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • JAGANNATH, RATHA YATRA, Hindu Festival of Car Procession of Vishnu
  • CHI HSI, Festival of the Milky Way in China (seventh day of the seventh moon)
  • CHUNG YÜAN, Festival of the Dead in China (fifteenth day of the seventh moon)
  • NAGA PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of the Serpent God
  • RAKHI, Hindu Festival to Pledge Protection
  • CHUNG-CH'IU, Mid-autumn festival, Harvest or Moon Festival (fifteenth day of the eighth moon)
  • TISH'AH B'AB (Jewish) Anniversary of fall of Jerusalem and destruction of first & 2nd temples Ab 9
  • NEBUTA, Japanese Festival at peak of summer to drive off lethargy
  • SOMA NOMAOI, Japanese Festival of samurai equestrian displays

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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