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This Day In History: July 4

This Day in History

1776: The Continental Congress adopts and signs the Declaration of Independence.
1826: Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams die.
1831: James Monroe dies.
1848: Construction of the Washington National Monument begins in Washington, D.C.
1863: During the Civil War, Vicksburg, MS, is captured by Union troops after a long seige.
1894: The Republic of Hawaii is proclaimed when President Grover Cleveland 's administration rejects the provisional government's proposal of annexation by the U.S.
1939: Baseball player Lou Gehrig, dying from the disease that will bear his name, is honored at Yankee Stadium and tells the crowd of more than 61,000, "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."
1946: The United States gives the Philippines its independence.
1963: The highest civilian award in the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is established to recognize significant contribution to the national interest or world peace.
1967: The Freedom of Information Act, providing public access to U.S. government files, goes into effect.
1976: The United States celebrates its the bicentennial with festivals, parades, fireworks, and Operation Sail in New York City.
1997: NASA 's Pathfinder spacecraft lands on Mars after a 7-month flight.
2002: A gunman is killed by an El Al guard after killing two people at the Israeli airline's ticket counter at Los Angeles's international airport.

Today's Birthdays

1804: Nathaniel Hawthorne, novelist/short-story writer (Salem, MA; died 1864)
1807: Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian patriot/military leader (Italy; died 1882)
1826: Stephen Foster, songwriter (Lawrenceville, PA; died 1864)
1872: Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States (Plymouth, VT; died 1933)
1878: George M. Cohan, composer/entertainer/producer (Providence, RI; died 1942)
1910: Gloria Stuart, actress (Santa Monica, CA)
1911: Mitch Miller, musician (Rochester, NY)
1918: Ann Landers, advice columnist (Sioux City, IA; died 2002). Abigail Van Buren, advice columnist (Sioux City, IA)
1921: Gerard Debreu, economist and Nobel prize winner (Calais; died 2004)
1924: Eva Marie Saint, actress (Newark, NJ)
1927: Gina Lollobrigida, actress (Subiaco, Italy). Neil Simon, playwright (New York, NY)
1929: Al Davis, football executive (Brockton, MA)
1930: George Steinbrenner, NY Yankees owner (Rocky River, OH)
1943: Geraldo Rivera, TV personality/journalist (New York, NY)

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