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This Day in History – July 4

This Day In History

1776 – According to popular legend the Liberty Bell rings for the Second Continental Congress.

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

1789 – 1st US tariff act signed by President Washington.

1802 – US Military Academy officially opens (West Point, NY)

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

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

1884 – Statute of Liberty presented to US in Paris.

1925 – 44 die when Dreyfus Hotel in Boston collapses.

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

1942 – 1st American bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe (WWII)

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

1950 – The first broadcast by Radio Free Europe.

1959 – America’s new 50-star flag honoring Hawaiian statehood unfurled.

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

1970 – Casey Kasem’s “American Top 40” debuts on LA radio.

1981 – Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: John McEnroe ends Bjorn Borg’s streak of 5 straight Wimbledon titles with a 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 win.

1993 – Pizza Hut blimp deflates and lands safely on W 55th street in NYC.

1996 – Hot Mail, a free internet E-mail service begins.

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

2017 – North Korea tests first successful intercontinental ballistic missile into Sea of Japan.

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