What are the important events that happened on July 4? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.
July 4: Facts & Myths About This Day
July 4 is the 185th day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 180 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.
Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 21, 2019 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?
When this day started, 26,036,640 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.
Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectaoctacontapentagon’ day.
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Cancer is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 205 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.
The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,386 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.
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July 4: This Day In History
The Aphelion, the point in the year when the Earth is farthest from the Sun, occurs around this date.
July 4 Historical Events
Emperor Theodosius II, age 13, yields power to his older sister Aelia Pulcheria who reigns as regent and proclaimed herself empress (Augusta) of the Eastern Roman Empire.
Jordan II of Capua is anointed as prince after his infant nephew’s death.
The Crusades: Battle of Hattin – Saladin defeats Guy of Lusignan, King of Jerusalem.
The Siege of Nándorfehérvár (Belgrade) begins. (Part of the Ottoman wars in Europe)
Christian III is elected King of Denmark and Norway in the town of Rye.
The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people.
In Alabama, the Tuskegee Institute opens.
Dorothy Levitt is reported as the first woman in the world to compete in a 'motor race'.
World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Kursk, the largest full-scale battle in history and the world’s largest tank battle at Prokhorovka village.
The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1.
Who were born on July 4?
James Anthony Bailey, American circus impresario (d. 1906)
Alluri Sita Rama Raju, Indian Freedom Fighter (d. 1924)
Mitch Miller, American entertainer (d. 2010)
Giampiero Boniperti, Italian footballer
Stephen Boyd, Northern Irish actor (d. 1977)
Paul Scoon, Governor General of Grenada
Karolyn Grimes, American actress
Roland Ratzenberger, Austrian racing driver (d. 1994)
Cle Kooiman, American soccer player
Oleg Prudius, Ukrainian professional wrestler
Who died on July 4?
Gregory Cromwell, English nobleman (b. 1514)
Karl Friedrich Eichhorn, German jurist (b. 1781)
Joseph Brackett, American composer (b. 1797)
Swami Vivekananda, Indian spiritual leader (b. 1863)
Giovanni Schiaparelli, Italian astronomer (b. 1835)
Jack Haig, British actor (b. 1913)
Bona Arsenault, French Canadian politician and historian (b. 1903)
Charles Kuralt, American television presenter (b. 1934)
Leo Garel, American artist and cartoonist (b. 1917)
Frank Robinson (Xylophone Man), British street entertainer (b. 1932)
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