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United States: Fourth of July
(Observed annually to celebrate the independence of the United States)
United States Fourth of July
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1927 Neil Simon (New York City-born Playwright) New York City Authors Plays Internet Broadway Database Internet Movie Database
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1826 Stephen Foster (Pennsylvania-born American Songwriter) Stephen Foster American Composers
Business Leaders
1892 A.G. Gaston (Alabama-born African-American Business & Civil Rights Leader) A.G. Gaston U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American Business Leaders
Political and Social Leaders
1872 Calvin Coolidge (Vermont-born 30th President of the United States) Vermont Political and Social Leaders Calvin Coolidge American Presidency
1877 Clifford Walker (Governor of Georgia) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Georgia Historical Society
Performing Artists
1927 Gina Lollobrigida (Italian-born Actress) Italian Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1938 Bill Withers (West Virginia-born African-American Singer, Songwriter) Bill Withers Popular Musicians African American Performing Artists
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1826 John Adams (Massachusetts-born Second President of the United States) Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders John Adams American Presidents History Channel
Thomas Jefferson (Virginia-born Third President of the United States) Virginia Political and Social Leaders Thomas Jefferson American Presidents History Channel
1831 James Monroe (Virginia-born Fifth President of the United States) Virginia Political and Social Leaders James Monroe American Presidents New York Times
1943 Wladyslaw Sikorski (Polish General, Plane Crash) Polish Military Leaders Air Disasters World War II History Channel
1995 Eva Gabor (Hungarian Actress) Hungarian Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database
2008 Jesse Helms (U.S. Senator From North Carolina) U.S. Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1584 English Explorers, Philip Armadas and Arthur Barlowe, Land on the Coast of Present Day North Carolina, Naming the Entire Region "Virginia" English Explorers North Carolina Virginia Colony North American Explorers Virginia Historical Society
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1776 In Philadelphia, the Second Continental Congress Unanimously Adopts the Declaration of Independence Great Britain Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Continental Congress Declaration of Independence Vote American Revolution Library of Congress History Channel African American Registry University of Georgia Virginia Historical Society History Link
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1802 U.S. Military Academy Officially Opens at West Point, New York New York U.S. Military Academy Education New York Times
1803 A Fourth of July Dinner Is Held in Honor of Vice-President Aaron Burr at New York's City Hall New York City Aaron Burr New York Historical Society
1828 The U.S. Marine Band First Performs "Hail to the Chief" for a Living President, John Quincy Adams President  John Quincy Adams American Presidency Music Historic Firsts U.S. Marine Band American Public Media
1831 "America" Is First Sung by a Children's Choir at a Fourth of July Service at the Park Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts Boston; Massaxhusetts America Music Historic Firsts American Public Media
1832 The Troops Arriving on the Steamer Henry Clay Bring Cholera, Which Will Kill 28 People in Detroit over the Next Two Weeks Detroit, Michigan Steamboat Cholera Michigan Historical Center
1836 In Minnesota, Major Lawrence Taliaferro, Indian Agent at Fort Snelling, Arranges a 1-Day Truce Between the Dakota and Ojibwe Minnesota Fort Snelling Native-American Heritage Minnesota Historical Society
Henry Dodge Takes the Oath of Office as the first Governor of the Newly Created Territory of Wisconsin Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Westward Expansion Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1840 Congress Passes the Independent Treasury Act Mandating Transfer of Funds from State Banks to an "Independent" Treasury U.S. Congress Economics History Channel
1845 Convention Convenes in Austin to Consider U.S. Congress Proposal for the Annexation of the Republic of Texas Republic of Texas U.S. Congress Texas State Historical Association
1848 The Cornerstone of the Washington Monument Is Laid Washington D.C. President George Washington Washington Monument Lincoln Logs
1854 In Seattle, Washington, Lake Union and Lake Washington Are Given Their Names Seattle, Washington Lake Washington History Link
1862 A Raucous Independence Day Celebration Leads to a Devastating Fire in Downtown Winona, Minnesota Winona, Minnesota Fire Business Minnesota Historical Society
1863 President Lincoln Releases Public Statement About the Battle of Gettysburg Gettysburg, Pennsylvania President Abraham Lincoln Battle of Gettysburg Lincoln Logs
Confederate General John C. Pemberton Surrenders to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Vicksburg, Mississippi Vicksburg, Mississippi Ulysses S. Grant Battle of Vicksburg History Channel
Confederate Troops Fail in Their Attack on Union Positions at Helena, Arkansas Helena, Arkansas Battle of Helena Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture
1868 Military Government Comes to an End in Florida as Civilian State Government Is Restored Florida Government Reconstruction Florida Historical Society
Newly-Elected Georgia General Assembly Holds First Meeting under the State's New Constitution Georgia Government Reconstruction University of Georgia
Dr. Thomas Foster Nicknames Duluth, Minnesota "Zenith City of the Unsalted Seas" During a Rousing Independence Day Speech Duluth, Minnesota Minnesota Historical Society
1875 The First Settlers from Iceland Arrive in Lyon County, Minnesota, Having Traveled by Oxcart from Iowa Iceland Lyon County, Minnesota Iowa Immigration Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1876 Residents of Duluth, Minnesota Make Ice Cream from the Ice Blown onto the Shore From Lake Superior Duluth, Minnesota Foods & Nutrition Lakes Minnesota Historical Society
1879 The Arrival of Two Decorated Locomotives Marks the Arrival of the Railroad to Las Vegas, Largest City in the New Mexico Territory Las Vegas, New Mexico Railroad Westward Expansion New Mexico Magazine
1884 John H. Kinkead Is Appointed Alaska's First Governor Alaska Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1886 Iowa's State Capitol Is Completed Iowa State Historical Society of Iowa
1889 Georgia's New State Capitol Is Formally Dedicated Georgia Georgia Historical Society
1894 At Kokomo, Indiana, Elwood Haynes Makes a Trial Run of His Clutch-Driven Automobile Kokomo, Indiana Automotives Indiana Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1901 U.S. President William McKinley Designates William Howard Taft to Head the New Civil Government of the Philippines The Philippines President William McKinley William Howard Taft Asian History
1904 The United States Begins Construction on the Panama Canal Panama Panama Canal Asian History
The First Passenger Train Reaches Kingsville, Texas Kingsville, Texas Railroad Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1914 462' Smith Tower Opens in Seattle, Washington as the Tallest Building West of Ohio Seattle, Washington Architecture History Link
1915 In Washington, William E. Boeing Takes His First Airplane Ride Seattle, Washington Aviation History Historic Firsts Boeing History Link
1917 U.S. Troops March Through the Streets of Paris to the Tomb of the Marquis de Lafayette Marquis de Lafayette Paris, France World War I American Revolution History Channel
In Washington, the First Ship Passes through the Lake Washington Canal Seattle, Washington Lake Washington Historic Firsts History Link
1923 The Bridge Opening over the Banana River in Brevard County, Florida Provides Access to the Barrier Island by Automobile Brevard County, Florida Bridges Rivers Automotives Florida Historical Society
1924 In Okeechobee City, More Than 15,000 People Celebrate the Opening of the Conners Highway Across Florida Okeechobee City, Florida Transportation Florida Historical Society
1928 West Virginia's Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park Is Dedicated West Virginia Parks Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park Battle of Droop Mountain West Virginia State Archive
1938 The Seils-Sterling Circus Performs for the Last Time in Iron Mountain, Michigan Iron Mountain, Michigan Circus Wisconsin Historical Society
1943 A Monument to Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln Is Dedicated in Racine, Wisconsin's East Park Racine, Wisconsin Abraham Lincoln Art Wisconsin Historical Society
1946 The Philippines Becomes an Independent Nation for the First Time in Four Centuries Republic of the Philippines Asian History
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1955 Florida Governor LeRoy Collins Breaks Ground Near Fort Lauderdale for Construction of the Sunshine Parkway Fort Lauderdale, Florida Transportation Florida Historical Society
1959 America's 49-Star Flag, Honoring Alaskan Statehood, Is Officially Unfurled Alaska U.S. Flag University of Georgia
1960 America's 50-Star Flag, Honoring Hawaiian Statehood, Is Officially Unfurled Hawaii U.S. Flag University of Georgia
1976 The United States Celebrates Its Bicentennial United States History Declaration of Independence American Revolution New York Times Georgia Historical Society
Israeli Commandos Rescue Almost All Hostages Held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda Uganda Israel Air Disasters Terrorism Middle East History BBC
1987 A Rock Concert in Moscow, Jointly Organized by Americans and the Soviet Government, Draws a Crowd of 25,000 Soviet Union Popular Music Cold War History Channel
1989 Georgia Celebrates the Centennial of Its State Capitol Georgia Georgia Historical Society
Striking United Mine Workers of America Hold a Rally in Norton, Virginia, with Cesar Chavez Addressing About 5,000 People Norton, Virginia Cesar Chavez Labor Strikes Virginia Historical Society
1995 Thousands Attend Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic in Luckenbach, Texas Luckenbach, Texas Country & Western Music Fourth of July Willie Nelson Texas State Historical Association
1999 A Storm with 100-mph Winds Downs Trees, Causing Heavy Damage to Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Storms Wind Trees Minnesota Historical Society