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July 4: This Day That Year

July 4

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

- 1782 - William Petty becomes PM of Great Britain following the death of Charles Watson-Wentworth.

- 1796 - USA: 1st Independence Day celebration is held.

- 1826 - John Adams, 2nd US President (1797-1801), dies (born October 30, 1735, age 90).

- 1826 - Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President (1801-09), dies (born April 13, 1743, age 83).

- 1827 - USA: Slavery abolished in NY.

- 1831 - James Monroe, 5th US president (1817-25), dies of heart failure and tuberculosis (born April 28, 1758, age 73).

- 1865 - First edition of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is published.

- 1866 - USA: A Firecracker thrown in wood starts fire destroying half of Portland, Mainee.

- 1884 - France: Statue of Liberty presented to US in Paris.

- 1934 - Marie Curie, French-Polish Physicist/Chemist, 1st woman to win Nobel Prize (1903, 1911) dies due to radiation poisoning (born November 7, 1867, age 66).

- 1946 - Philippines gains independence from US, President Manuel Roxas was inaugurated as the 5th President of the Philippines and the first president of the 3rd Republic at the Independence Grandstand in Manila.

- 1966 - LBJ (Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th US President) signs Freedom of Information Act.

- 1988 - US Navy shoots down Iranian civilian jetliner over Gulf, killing 290 passengers.

- 2009 - The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after 8 years.

- 2015 - Chile wins football's Copa America for the first time.

- 2016 - NASA's Juno spacecraft successfully enters Jupiter's orbit.

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