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This Day in History for July 4

1776 – US Congress proclaims the Department of Independence and independence from Britain.

1796 – 1st Independence Day celebration is held.

1803 – The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people by President Thomas Jefferson.

1845 – Texas Congress votes for annexation to US.

1865 – First edition of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll is published.

1881 – Booker T. Washington establishes Tuskegee Institute (Alabama)

1895 – Katherine Lee Bates publishes “America the Beautiful”

1902 – Civil government is established in the Philippines by a proclamation from US President Theodore Roosevelt, who offers a general amnesty to insurgents.

1925 – 44 die when Dreyfus Hotel in Boston collapses.

1931 – 1st fireworks are held at Cleveland Stadium.

1941 – Howard Florey and Norman Heatley meet for 1st time, 11 days later they successfully recreate penicillin.

1944 – 1st Japanese kamikaze attack, US fleet near Iwo Jima.

1959 – America’s new 49-star flag honoring Alaska statehood unfurled.

1966 – LBJ signs Freedom of Information Act.

1982 – 4th Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 4 lands at Edwards AFB.

1993 – Pizza Hut blimp deflates and lands safely on W 56th street in NYC.

1996 – Hot Mail, a free Internet e-mail service begins.

2009 – The Statue of Liberty’s crown reopens to the public after 8 years, due to security reasons following the World Trade Center attacks.

2018 – Wildfire in Yolo County, California, grows to 82,700 acres with 2,800 fire fighters battling the blaze.

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