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, 1,593,820,800 seconds 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

  • 1359
    Francesco II Ordelaffi of Forlì surrenders to the Papal commander Gil de Albornoz.
  • 1456
    The Siege of Nándorfehérvár (Belgrade) begins. (Part of the Ottoman wars in Europe)
  • 1802
    At West Point, New York the United States Military Academy opens.
  • 1810
    The French occupy Amsterdam.
  • 1827
    Slavery is abolished in New York State.
  • 1879
    Anglo-Zulu War: the Zululand capital of Ulundi is captured by British troops and burnt to the ground, thus, ending the war and forcing King Cetshwayo to flee.
  • 1903
    Dorothy Levitt is reported as the first woman in the world to compete in a 'motor race'.
  • 1951
    A court in Czechoslovakia sentences American journalist William N. Oatis to ten years in prison on a charge of espionage.
  • 1969
    Two teens (one male, one female) are attacked at Blue Rock Springs in California. They are the second (known) victims of the Zodiac Killer. The male survives.
  • 2009
    The Statue of Liberty’s crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks.

Who were born on July 4?

  • 1907
    Gordon Griffith, American director (d. 1958)
  • 1918
    King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV of Tonga (d. 2006)
  • 1929
    Al Davis, American businessman
  • 1937
    Thomas Nagel, American philosopher
  • 1944
    Joe Berardo, Portuguese millionaire
  • 1948
    Phil Wheatley, Director-General of the National Offender Management Service
  • 1971
    Brendan Donnelly, American baseball player
  • 1975
    Tania Davis, Australian violist
  • 1985
    Kane Tenace, Australian rules footballer
  • 1993
    Thomas Barkhuizen, English footballer

Who died on July 4?

  • 1780
    Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine, Austrian military leader (b. 1712)
  • 1882
    Joseph Brackett, American composer (b. 1797)
  • 1891
    Hannibal Hamlin, U.S. Vice President (b. 1809)
  • 1901
    Johannes Schmidt, German linguist (b. 1843)
  • 1931
    Emanuele Filiberto, 2nd Duke of Aosta, Italian aristocrat (b. 1869)
  • 1946
    Gerda Steinhoff, Polish-born German concentration camp overseer (b. 1922)
  • 1964
    Henry (Hank) Sylvern, American radio personality (b. 1908)
  • 1997
    John Zachary Young, English zoologist (b. 1907)
  • 2001
    Keenan Milton, American skateboarder (b. 1974)
  • 2004
    Jean-Marie Auberson, Swiss conductor (b. 1920)

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