July 4 – On This Day In History

4 July

Today is Independence Day in the United States, celebrating the Declaration of Independence (in 1776) of the United States from Great Britain.

What happened today in history?

  • 1827 – Abolition of slavery in New York State.
  • 1837 – World’s first long distance railway opens between Birmingham and Liverpool.
  • 1903 – Dorothy Levitt is the first woman to take part in a ‘motor race’.
  • 1943 – Battle of Kursk (World War 2) begins.
  • 1997Pathfinder space probe lands on Mars.

 

Who was born today?

  • 1790 – George Everest – Welsh geographer (gave name to Mount Everest).
  • 1845 – Thomas John Barnardo – Irish philanthropist.
  • 1872 – Calvin Coolidge – 30th President of the United States.

 

Who died today?

  • 1826 – John Adams – 2nd President of the United States.
  • 1826 – Thomas Jefferson – 3rd President of the United States.
  • 1831 – James Monroe – 5th President of the United States.
  • 1934 – Marie Curie – French-Polish scientist.
  • 2003 – Barry White – American singer.

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