July 4 Events in History - July 4 Birthdays - July 4 Deaths
2015 UNESCO has added new sites to its World Heritage list, including the regions of Champagne and Burgundy in France, both Susa and the cultural setting of Maymand in Iran, and the Singapore Botanical Gardens, among others
2014 The European Banking Authority cautions banks against accepting or trading in virtual currencies such as Bitcoin until such transactions can be regulated by the European Commission; regulators cited the risk of fraud and money laundering
2014 After advancing to the World Cup semifinals, Brazil loses star player Neymar, who suffered a broken vertebra after a knee to the back during the Colombia match
2013 After sustaining extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy in late October 2012, the Statue of Liberty is once again open to the public
2013 In Brazil, scientists discover a new species of lizard, about the size a coin and weighing less than a gram
2012 A biblical picture of Samson and a Hebrew inscription is discovered in an ancient synagogue in the Galilee region of northern Israel
2012 Standard and Poor's credit rating agency increases the rating of the Philippines to BB+
2011 Famed 'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling leaves her agent, Christopher Little, ending their 15-year working relationship
2011 UK Researchers report a study showing that the use of drugs during vitro fertilization may increase the risk of Down syndrome for their baby
2010 An Iranian woman convicted of adultery is sentenced to death by stoning; Iranian human rights activist Mina Ahadi tries to stop this barbaric act
2007 BBC journalist Alan Johnston is freed by Palestinian kidnappers
2004 Wimbledon Men's Finals, Roger Federer beat Andy Roddick
2004 Wimbledon Men's Doubles Finals, Todd Woodbridge and Jonas Bjorkman beat Julian Knowles and Nenad Zimonjic
2004 Wimbledon Women's Doubles Finals, Cara Black and Rennae Stubbs beat Ai Sugiyama and Liezel Huber
2004 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Finals, Cara Black and her brother Wayne Black beat Todd Woodbridge and Alicia Molik
2001 Vladivostokavia flight 352 crashes near Burdakovka, killing 145
1999 Wimbledon Men's Finals, Pete Sampras beat Andre Agassi
1999 Wimbledon Women's Finals, Lindsay Davenport beat Steffi Graf
1999 Wimbledon Men's Doubles Finals, Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes beat
1999 Wimbledon Women's Doubles Finals, Lindsay Davenport and Corina Morariu beat Mariaan de Swardt and Elena Tatarkova
1999 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Finals, Leander Paes and Lisa Raymond beat
1998 Wimbledon Women's Finals, Jana Novotna beat Nathalie Tauziat
1998 Wimbledon Men's Doubles Finals, Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis beat Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde
1997 U.S. space probe Pathfinder lands on Ares Vallis Mars
1996 HotMail, a free internet E-mail service begins
1995 Birmingham Barracudas play 1st CFL game (vs Winnipeg)
1994 Russian manned space craft TM-18, lands
1994 Rwandese Patriot Front occupies Kigali
1994 U.S. loses to Brazil 1-0 in 1994 World Cup quarter finals
1993 107th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Courier (76 76 36 63)
1993 Brandie Burton wins LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic
1993 Dave Winfield hits 442nd home run to move into 19th place
1993 Pilar Fort, crowned 25th Miss Black America
1993 Pizza Hut blimp deflates and lands safely on W 56th street in New York City
1992 99th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Monica Seles (62 61)
1992 John Phillips, rocker (Mamas and Papas), undergoes a liver transplant
1992 U.S. actress Bobbie Eakes marries author David Stone
1990 400 New Kids on the Block fans treated for heat exhaustion in Minn
1990 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1990 Wrestler Brutus Beefcake injured during para-sailing
1990 2 Live Crew release "Banned in the USA" the lyrics quote Star Spangled Banner and Gettysburg Address
1989 14 year old actress Drew Barrymore, attempts suicide
1989 Unmanned Russian Mig-23 crashes in Bellegem-Kooigem, Belgium (1 dies)
1989 Red's Tom Browning is 3 outs away from his 2nd career perfect game when Phillie Dickie Thon doubles
1988 102nd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Stefan Edberg beats Becker (46 76 64 62)
1988 KC releases pitcher Dan Quisenberry, whose 238 saves are the 4th most
1988 U.S. Navy shoots down Iranian civilian jetliner over Gulf, kills 290
1987 94th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: M Navratilova beats Steffi Graf (75 63)
1987 Discovery moves to Launch Pad 39B for STS-26 mission
1987 Imran Khan takes 300th Test Cricket wicket, only Pakistani to do so
1987 Nazi Klaus Barbie, "Butcher of Lyon" sentenced to life in France
1985 Tinker Bell's nightly flight begins
1984 Funeral for S Nakagawa and burial half his ashes next to N Senzaki
1984 Kallicharran gets 206 and 6-32 in a NatWest Trophy game
1984 New York Yankee Phil Niekro is 9th to strikeout 3,000
1984 Yuri Sedykh of U.S.S.R. throws hammer a record 86.33 m
1983 New York Yankee Dave Righetti no-hits the Red Sox
1982 10th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Sandra Haynie
1982 4th Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 4 lands at Edwards AFB
1982 96th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: J Connors beats J McEnroe (36 63 67 76 64)
1982 Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado elected president of Mexico
1982 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1982 Yankees bat out of order against Indians in 1st inning
1981 95th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: John McEnroe beats B Borg (46 76 76 64)
1981 Clive Rice 105* out of 143 all out, Notts vs. Hants at Bournemouth
1980 Nolan Ryan is 4th to strikeout 3,000
1979 Algerian ex-president Ben Bella freed
1978 Memphis fire fighters halt 3-day strike under a court order
1977 Cubs use fielder Larry Bittner as a pitcher
1977 Nigel Harrison replaces Gary Valentine as bassist of Blondie
1977 Red Sox wallop a major league-record 8 home runs beating Toronto 9-6
1976 Opening ceremony of the Dai Bosatsu monastery Catskill Mt., New York
1976 Raid on Entebbe-Israel rescues 229 Air France passengers
1976 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Bloomington Golf Classic Bicentennial
1975 82nd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Goolagong (60 61)
1974 Mike Marshall goes 9-0 with 3 saves in 20 appearances in 30 days
1973 Alan Ayckbourne's "Absurd Person Singular," premieres in London
1973 CARICOM - Caribbean Community and Common Market, forms
1973 In audience with Italian cyclists, Pope Paul VI praises athletes who "offer the magnificent show of a healthy, strong, generous youth"
1971 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
1970 100 injured in race rioting in Asbury Park, New Jersey
1970 84th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Newcombe beats K Rosewall (57 63 62 36 61)
1970 Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" debuts on LA radio
1970 Chartered Dan-Air Comet crashes into mountains north of Barcelona, Spain killing 112 vacationing Britons
1969 "Give Peace a Chance" by Plastic Ono Band is released in U.K.
1969 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep and Janis Joplin
1969 76th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Ann Jones beats Billie J King (36 63 62)
1969 Italian Rumor government resigns
1969 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1968 Arthur Kopit's "Indians," premieres in London
1968 Radio astronomy satellite Explorer 38 launched (o 450 m)
1967 Opening ceremony of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
1967 Phillies Clay Dairymple ties NL record of 6 walks in doubleheader
1966 Beatles attacked in Philippines after insulting Imelda Marcos
1966 Lyndon Baines Johnson signs Freedom of Information Act
1965 20th U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship won by Carol Mann
1964 71st Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Maria Fraser beats M Court (64 79 63)
1964 Beachboy's "I Get Around" reaches #1
1962 Island Records begins
1962 KIKU (now KHNL) TV channel 13 in Honolulu, HI (IND) 1st broadcast
1960 6th LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright
1960 America's new 50-star flag honoring Hawaiian statehood unfurled
1960 Mickey Mantle is 18th to hit 300 home runs
1959 66th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Maria Fraser beats Darlene Hard (64 63)
1959 America's new 49-star flag honoring Alaska statehood unfurled
1959 Cayman Islands separated from Jamaica, made a crown colony
1958 72nd Wimbledon Mens Tennis: A Cooper beats N Fraser (36 63 64 13-11)
1957 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts temporary tax increase
1956 Independence National Historical Park forms in Philadelphia
1956 U.S. most intense rain fall (1.23" in 1 minute) at Unionville, Maryland
1954 WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins
1954 West Germany beats Hungary 3-2 for soccer's 5th World Cup in Bern
1953 60th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats D Hart (86 75)
1953 Imre Nagy succeeds Matyas Rakosi as premier of Hungary
1952 66th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Frank Sedgman beats J Drobny (46 62 63 62)
1952 Canadain Currency, Mint and Exchange Fund Act allows gold coins of $5, $10, and $20 to be minted
1950 Braves Sid Gordon ties season grand slam record with 4
1950 Truman signs public law 600 (Puerto Ricans write own constitution)
1947 61st Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Jack Kramer beats Tom P Brown (61 63 62)
1946 Anti Jewish riots in Kielce Poland, 42 die
1946 Philippines gains independence from U.S.
1944 1,100 U.S. guns fire 4th of July salute at German lines in Normandy
1944 1st Japanese kamikaze attack, U.S. fleet near Iwo Jima
1944 Allied assault on Carpiquet airport at Caen
1944 Gestapo arrests German Social Democrat Julius Leber
1942 1st American bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe (WW II)
1942 U.S. air offensive against nazi-Germany begins
1941 Latvia partisans shoot 416 Jews dead
1941 Politburo of Yugoslav Communist Party reorganizes
1941 Howard Florey and Norman Heatley meet for 1st time, 11 days later they successfully recreate penicillin
1940 British destroys French battle fleet at Oran, Algeria, 1267 die
1940 German occupiers forbids anti-nazis speeches
1939 Red Sox Jim Tabor hits 2 grand slams in 1 game
1939 Yankees retire 1st uniform (Lou Gehrig #4), 1st Old Timers Day
1938 1st game at Shribe Park, Philadelphia; Braves beat Phillies 10-5
1938 France-Turkish friendship treaty
1936 49th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Hull Jacobs beats H Sperling (62 46 75)
1936 League of Nations starts sanctions against Italy
1934 Jordanians revolt in Amsterdam after reduction in employment
1933 Work begins on Oakland Bay Bridge
1932 Bradman scores 260, a North American record, vs. Western Ontario
1931 1st fireworks are held at Cleveland Stadium
1931 1st trailside museum opens in Cleveland Metroparks
1930 43rd Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Helen Moody beats Elizabeth Ryan (62 62)
1929 AM radio station WOWO, Indiana's transmitter burns down
1927 Ir Sukarno forms PNI (Perserikatan Nasional Indonesia) in Batavia
1926 Baronie soccer team forms in Breda, Netherlands
1926 NSDAP-party forms in Weimar
1925 44 die when Dreyfus Hotel in Boston collapses
1925 45th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Rene Lacoste beats J Borotra (63 63 46 86)
1925 Yankees Lefty Grove beats A's Herb Pennock 1-0 in 15 innings
1923 Jack Dempsey beats Tommy Gibbon in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1919 ADGB (Allgemeine Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund) party forms
1919 Cincinnati Reds are 10 games back in NL, and win World Series
1919 Jack Dempsey KOs Jess Willard in Cuba for heavyweight championship
1918 Altar dedicated at full-scale replica of Stonehenge at Maryhill, Wa
1914 1st U.S. motorcycle race (300 miles, Dodge City Ks)
1913 37th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: A F Wilding beats McLoughlin (86 63 10-8)
1912 Detroit Tiger George Mullen no-hits St. Louis Browns, 7-0
1912 Jack Johnson TKOs Jim Flynn in 9 for heavyweight boxing title
1911 105 degrees F (41 degrees C) at Vernon, Vermont (state record)
1911 106 degrees F (41 degrees C) at Nashua, New Hampshire (state record)
1911 Ty Cobb goes 0 for 4 and ends a 40 game hit streak
1911 White Sox Ed Walsh stops Ty Cobb's 40-game hitting streak
1910 Jack Johnson KOs James J Jeffries in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1908 New York Giant George "Hooks" Witse no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0 in 10 inn
1907 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
1906 Great Britain, France and Italy grant Independence to Ethiopia
1905 Philadelphia A's beat Boston Red Sox 4-2 in 20 inning game
1903 Pacific Cable (SF, Hawaii, Guam, Phil) opens, President TR sends message
1898 French liner "La Bourgogne" collides with bark Cromartyshire, 560 die
1898 U.S. flag hoisted over Wake Island (Spanish-American War)
1895 Katherine Lee Bates publishes "America the Beautiful"
1894 Elwood Haynes successfully tests one of 1st U.S. autos at 6 MPH
1894 Republic of Hawaii proclaimed, Sanford B. Dole as president
1892 James Keir Hardie chosen 1st socialist in British Lower house
1889 Washington state constitutional convention holds 1st meeting
1888 1st organized rodeo competition held, Prescott, Arizona
1886 1st scheduled transcontinental passenger train reaches Pt Moody, BC
1884 1st U.S. bullfight held (Dodge City Ks)
1884 Statue of Liberty presented to U.S. in Paris
1883 Buffalo Bill Cody presents 1st wild west show, North Platte, Nebr
1882 Telegraph Hill Observatory opens in San Francisco
1881 Booker T. Washington establishes Tuskegee Institute in Alabama
1879 Africaner Union forms by Reverend SJ du Toit at Cape colony
1879 Battle at Rorkes Drift: Britain ends attack on Zulus
1876 1st public exhibition of electric light in San Francisco
1876 Batholdi visits Bedloe Island, future home of his Statue of Liberty
1875 White Democrats kill several blacks in terrorist attacks in Vicksburg
1874 Social Democratic Workmen's Party of North America formed
1873 Aquarium opens in Woodward Gardens
1868 Battle at Ueno: last Tokugawa armies defeated
1866 Firecracker thrown in wood starts fire destroying of Portland, Me
1865 1st edition of "Alice in Wonderland" is published
1864 Battle at Chattahoochee River, Georgia
1863 Boise, Idaho founded (now capital of Idaho)
1863 Failed Confederate assault on Helena Arkansas (640 casualties)
1863 General Lee's army withdraws from Gettysburg
1863 Skirmish at Smithburg, Tennessee
1863 Vicksburg, Mississippi surrenders to Union forces
1862 Battle at Green River Kentucky (Morgan's Ohio Raid)
1862 Lewis Carroll creates Alice in Wonderland for Alice P. Liddell
1862 Battle of Port Royal, South Carolina (Port Royal Ferry)
1861 In a special session of 27th Congress Lincoln requests 400,000 troops
1861 Skirmish at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia
1845 Henry David Thoreau moves into his shack on Walden Pond
1845 Texas Congress votes for annexation to U.S.
1836 Wisconsin Territory forms
1832 "America" 1st sung publicly in Boston
1829 Cornerstone laid for 1st U.S. mint (Chestnut and Juniper St, Philadelphia)
1828 Construction begins on B and O (Baltimore-Ohio) 1st U.S. passenger RR
1827 Slavery abolished in NY
1819 William Herschel makes last telescopic observation of 1819 comet
1817 Construction on Erie Canal begins
1810 French troops occupy Amsterdam
1802 U.S. Military Academy officially opens at West Point, New York
1796 1st Independence Day celebration is held
1789 1st U.S. tariff act
1779 French fleet occupies Grenada
1776 Declaration of Independence - U.S. gains independence from Britain
1754 George Washington gives Ft. Necessity to France
1708 Swedish King Karel XII beats Russians
1693 Battle at Boussu-lez-Walcourt: French-English vs Dutch army
1672 States of Holland declares "Eternal Edict" void
1653 British Barebones Parliament goes into session
1652 Prince of Conde starts blood bath in Paris
1636 City of Providence, Rhode Island form
1610 Battle at Klushino: King Sigismund II beats Russian and Sweden
1453 41 Jewish martyrs burned at stake at Breslau
1415 Angelo Correr becomes Pope Gregory XII
1301 Battle at Breukelen: Holland vs Lichtenberg
1187 Battle of Hittin (Tiberias): Saladin defeats Reinoud of Chatillon
1054 Brightest known super-nova (Crab Nebula) starts shining (23 days)