Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4: Other Historical Events

In our country's history, July 4th has become a special day not just for the birth of the nation,but for other later events, often designed to  take place on July 4. Here are some listed by Wikipedia:

  • 1802 – At West Point, New York the United States Military Academy opens.
  • 1803 – The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people.
  • 1817 – At Rome, New York, United States, construction on the Erie Canal begins.
  • 1826Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, dies the same day as John Adams, second president of the United States, on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence.
  • 1827Slavery is abolished in New York State.
  • 1831Samuel Francis Smith wrote "America" ("My country 'tis of thee") for the Boston, MA July 4th festivities.
  • 1838 – The Iowa Territory is organized.
  • 1863American Civil War: Siege of VicksburgVicksburg, Mississippi surrenders to Ulysses S. Grant after 47 days of siege. 150 miles up the Mississippi River, a Confederate Army is repulsed at the Battle of Helena, Arkansas.
  • 1863 – The Army of Northern Virginia withdraws from the battlefield after its loss at the Battle of Gettysburg, signalling an end to the Southern invasion of the North.
  • 1881 – In Alabama, the Tuskegee Institute opens.
  • 1886 – The people of France offer the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States.
  • 1894 – The short-lived Republic of Hawaii is proclaimed by Sanford B. Dole.
  • 1913President Woodrow Wilson addresses American Civil War veterans at the Great Reunion of 1913.
  • 1946 – After 381 years of near-continuous colonial rule by various powers, the Philippines attains full independence from the United States.
  • 1950 – The first broadcast by Radio Free Europe.
  • 1959 – With the admission of Alaska as the 49th U.S. state earlier in the year, the 49-star flag of the United States debuts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1960 – Due to the post-Independence Day admission of Hawaii as the 50th U.S. state on August 21, 1959, the 50-star flag of the United States debuts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania almost ten and a half months later (see Flag Act).
  • 1965Homophile activists picket at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the first in a series of Annual Reminders of the second-class status of LGBT people in the United States.
  • 1966President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act into United States law. The act goes into effect the next year.
  • 1969 – The Ohio Fireworks Derecho kills 18 Ohioans and destroys over 100 boats on Lake Erie.
  • 1997NASA's Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars.
  • 2004 – The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.
  • 2005 – The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1.
  • 2006Space Shuttle program: STS-121 Mission – Space Shuttle Discovery launches at 18:37:55 UTC.
  • 2009 – The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks.
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