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Independence Day (United
1534 The town of Rye elected Christian III King of Denmark and Norway.
1636 The city of Providence, Rhode Island, was established.
1776 The Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence.
1789 The first U. S. tariff act was signed by President George Washington.
1799 King Oscar I of Sweden and Norway was born.
1804 Author Nathaniel Hawthorne was born.
1807 Italian patriot Giuseppe Garibaldi was born.
1808 Fisher Ames, member of the first U.S. House of Representatives, died.
1816 Distillery founder Hiram Walker was born.
1817 Construction began on the Erie Canal.
1831 "America (My Country 'Tis
of Thee)" was first sung, in Boston, Massachusetts.
1836 Wisconsin Territory was formed.
1838 A flood in the Huskar Colliery
at Silkstone, England, killed 26 children.
1845 The Texas Congress voted for annexation by the United States.
1848 The cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid.
1863 Vicksburg, Mississippi,
surrendered to the Union Army.
1872 Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, was born.
1874 The Eads Bridge, the first steel truss
bridge in the world, was dedicated.
1883 Cartoonist Rube Goldberg was born.
1884 France presented the Statue of Liberty to the United States.
1885 Film producer Louis B. Mayer was born.
1891 American politician Hannibal Hamlin died.
1894 Federal troops were
sent into Chicago, Illinois, to protect trains from striking workers.
1895 Katherine Lee Bates published "America the Beautiful."
1900 Blanche Bingley and R. F. Doherty won their respective singles championships at Wimbledon.
1903 The first Pacific Cable, running between San Francisco, California, and Manila, Philippines, went into service.
1910 Astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli died.
1911 Musician Mitch Miller was born.
1913 Anthony Wilding and Dorothea Chambers won their respective singles championships at Wimbledon.
1914 Dorothea Chambers and Norman Brookes won their respective singles championships at Wimbledon.
1918 Esther Pauline Friedman, advice columnist known as Ann Landers, was born.
1924 Actress Eva Marie Saint was born.
1925 TheDreyfus Hotel in Boston,
Massachusetts, collapsed, killing 44 persons.
1927 Actress Gina Lollobrigida was
1930 Helen Moody won the women's
singles championship at Wimbledon.
1934 Nobel Prize-winning chemist Marie Curie died.
1938 Singer Bill Withers was born.
1943 Television journalist Geraldo Rivera was born.
1946 The Philippines celebrated its official independence from the United States.
1947 Jack Kramer and Margaret Osborne
won their respective singles championships at Wimbledon.
1952 Frank Sedgman and Maureen Connolly won their respective singles championships at Wimbledon.
1954 West Germany defeated Hungary,
3-2, to win the FIFA World Cup.
1956 Independence National Historical Park was established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1958 Ashley Cooper and Althea Gibson won their respective singles championships at Wimbledon.
1960 The 50-star U.S. flag was
officially flown for the first time.
1965 Tornadoes and windstorms killed
25 persons in northern Italy.
1969 Ann Jones won the women's singles championship at Wimbledon.
1970 A chartered Dan-Air Comet
crashed into mountains north of Barcelona, Spain, killing
112 vacationing Britons.
1975 Billie Jean King won the women's singles championship at Wimbledon.
1976 Israeli troops rescued 229 Air France hostages at the airport in Entebbe, Uganda.
1981 John McEnroe won the men's singles championship at Wimbledon.
1982 Jimmy Connors won the men's singles championship at Wimbledon.
1987 Martina Navratilova won the women's singles championship at Wimbledon.
1988 The U. S. Navy shot down an
Iranian civilian airliner over the Persian Gulf, killing
1992 Steffi Graf won the women's singles championship at Wimbledon.
1993 Pete Sampras won the men's singles championship at Wimbledon.
1995 Actress Eva Gabor died.
landed on Mars.
1998 Jana Novotná won the women's singles championship at Wimbledon.
1999 Pete Sampras won the men's singles championship at Wimbledon.
2003 Singer Barry White died.
2004 The cornerstone of the Freedom
Tower in New York City, New York, was laid.
2005 The Deep Impact collider hit
Comet Tempel 1.
2008 American politician Jesse Helms died.
2009 Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal won their respective singles championship at Wimbledon.
2016 The Juno spacecraft entered Jupiter's orbit.
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