What happened this day in history July 4

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 186th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 180 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is June 21, 2020 – a Saturday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,563,680 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 ‘hectaoctacontahexagon’ 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 223 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 2,752 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

  • 1534
    Christian III is elected King of Denmark and Norway in the town of Rye.
  • 1754
    French and Indian War: George Washington surrenders Fort Necessity to French Capt. Louis Coulon de Villiers.
  • 1817
    At Rome, New York, United States, construction on the Erie Canal begins.
  • 1827
    Slavery is abolished in New York State.
  • 1838
    The Iowa Territory is organized.
  • 1881
    In Alabama, the Tuskegee Institute opens.
  • 1892
    Western Samoa changes the International Date Line, so that year there were 367 days in this country, with two occurrences of Monday, July 4.
  • 1918
    Bolsheviks kill Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family (Julian calendar date).
  • 1976
    Israeli commandos raid Entebbe airport in Uganda, rescuing all but four of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by Palestinian terrorists.
  • 1977
    The George Jackson Brigade plants a bomb at the main power substation for the Washington state capitol in Olympia in solidarity with a prison strike at the Walla Walla State Penitentiary Intensive Security Unit

Who were born on July 4?

  • 1826
    Stephen Foster, American songwriter (d. 1864)
  • 1854
    Bill Tilghman, American peace officer (d. 1924)
  • 1902
    George Murphy, American entertainer (d. 1992)
  • 1916
    Iva Toguri D'Aquino, American World War II figure (d. 2006)
  • 1932
    Aurèle Vandendriessche, Belgian athlete
  • 1936
    Zdzisława Donat, Polish coloratura soprano
  • 1945
    Bruce French, American actor
  • 1948
    Jeremy Spencer, English musician
  • 1965
    Jo Whiley, English radio DJ
  • 1970
    Christian Giesler, American bassist (Kreator)

Who died on July 4?

  • 1541
    Pedro de Alvarado, Spanish explorer (b. 1495)
  • 1648
    Antoine Daniel, French Jesuit missionary (b. 1601)
  • 1754
    Philippe Néricault Destouches, French dramatist and author (b. 1680)
  • 1902
    Swami Vivekananda, Indian spiritual leader (b. 1863)
  • 1922
    Lothar von Richthofen, German pilot (b. 1894)
  • 1976
    Antoni Słonimski, Polish poet (b. 1895)
  • 1986
    Flor Peeters, Belgian composer and organist (b. 1903)
  • 1991
    Art Sansom, American cartoonist (The Born Loser) (b. 1920)
  • 1994
    Joey Marella, American professional wrestling referee (b. 1964)
  • 2008
    Jesse Helms, American politician (b. 1921)

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