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This Day in History for July 4

1776 – US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence from Britain.

1796 – 1st Independence Day celebration is held.

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

1817 – Chief Engineer James Geddes begins construction on the Erie Canal, (Rome, New York), one of the first great engineering works in North America.

1831 – America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) is 1st sung in Boston.

1894 – Elwood Haynes successfully tests one of 1st US autos at 6 mph.

1910 – “Fight of the Century”: Jack Johnson beats James J. Jeffries by TKO in 15 in Reno, Nevada to retain his world heavyweight boxing title.

1931 – 1st fireworks are held at Cleveland Stadium.

1939 – Lou Gerhig is first MLB player to have his number (4) retired on his “Appreciation Day” at Yankee Stadium, makes iconic “luckiest man” speech.

1942 – US air offensive against nazi-Germany begins.

1944 – United States Marines raise the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

1956 – US most intense rainfall (1.23″ in 1 minute) at Unionville, Maryland.

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

1964 – Beachboys’ “I Get Around” reaches #1.

1975 – Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Billie Jean King outclasses Evonne Goolagong 6-0, 6-1 for her 6th Wimbledon singles title.

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.

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

2016 – NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully enters Jupiter’s orbit.

2019 – US President Donald Trump holds a “Salute to America” Fourth of July celebration in Washington, D.C., controversial for its emphasis on the military and presence of tanks.

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