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Tuesday 4 July 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Independence Day, celebrates the Declaration of Independence of the United States from Great Britain in 1776. (United States and its dependencies)
  • The first evening of Dree Festival, celebrated until July 7 (Apatani people, Arunachal Pradesh, India)

Events

  • 2012 – The discovery of particles consistent with the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider is announced at CERN.
  • 2009 – The first of four days of bombings begins on the southern Philippine island group of Mindanao.
  • 1998 – Japan launches the Nozomi probe to Mars, joining the United States and Russia as a space exploring nation.
  • 1966 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act into United States law. The act went into effect the next year.
  • 1960 – Due to the post-Independence Day admission of Hawaii as the 50th U.S. state on August 21, 1959, the 50-star flag of the United States debuts in Philadelphia, almost ten and a half months later (see Flag Act).
  • 1951 – A court in Czechoslovakia sentences American journalist William N. Oatis to ten years in prison on charges of espionage.
  • 1950 – Radio Free Europe first broadcasts.
  • 1946 – After 381 years of near-continuous colonial rule by various powers, the Philippines attains full independence from the United States.
  • 1934 – Leo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design that would later be used in the atomic bomb.
  • 1927 – First flight of the Lockheed Vega.
  • 1913 – President Woodrow Wilson addresses American Civil War veterans at the Great Reunion of 1913.
  • 1911 – A massive heat wave strikes the northeastern United States, killing 380 people in eleven days and breaking temperature records in several cities.
  • 1910 – African-American boxer Jack Johnson knocks out white boxer Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match, sparking race riots across the United States.
  • 1903 – Philippine–American War is officially concluded.
  • 1901 – William Howard Taft becomes American governor of the Philippines.
  • 1892 – The first double-decked street car service was inaugurated in San Diego, California.
  • 1886 – The first scheduled Canadian transcontinental train arrives in Port Moody, British Columbia.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: Siege of Vicksburg: Vicksburg, Mississippi surrenders to Ulysses S. Grant after 47 days of siege. One hundred fifty miles up the Mississippi River, a Confederate Army is repulsed at the Battle of Helena, Arkansas.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: The Army of Northern Virginia withdraws from the battlefield after losing the Battle of Gettysburg, signalling an end to the Southern invasion of the North.
  • 1855 – The first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, Leaves of Grass, is published In Brooklyn.
  • 1837 – Grand Junction Railway, the world's first long-distance railway, opens between Birmingham and Liverpool.
  • 1826 – Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, dies the same day as John Adams, second president of the United States, on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence.
  • 1803 – The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people.
  • 1802 – At West Point, New York, the United States Military Academy opens.
  • 1778 – American Revolutionary War: American forces under George Clark capture Kaskaskia during the Illinois campaign.
  • 1776 – American Revolution: The United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress.
  • 1634 – The city of Trois-Rivières is founded in New France (now Quebec, Canada).

Births

  • 1990 – Jake Gardiner, American ice hockey player
  • 1986 – Terrance Knighton, American football player
  • 1983 – Andrew Mrotek, American drummer
  • 1983 – Ben Jorgensen, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1982 – Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino, American model, author and television personality
  • 1981 – Brock Berlin, American football player
  • 1981 – Will Smith, American football player (d. 2016)
  • 1979 – Josh McCown, American football player
  • 1978 – Andrea Gabriel, American actress, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1974 – Adrian Griffin, American basketball player and coach
  • 1974 – Jill Craybas, American tennis player
  • 1974 – La'Roi Glover, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1974 – Vince Spadea, American tennis player
  • 1972 – Mike Knuble, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach
  • 1972 – William Goldsmith, American drummer
  • 1969 – Al Golden, American football player and coach
  • 1969 – Todd Marinovich, American football player and coach
  • 1968 – Jack Frost, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1966 – Lee Reherman, American actor (d. 2016)
  • 1965 – Harvey Grant, American basketball player and coach
  • 1965 – Horace Grant, American basketball player and coach
  • 1964 – Cle Kooiman, American soccer player and manager
  • 1964 – Mark Slaughter, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1964 – Mark Whiting, American actor, director, and screenwriter
  • 1963 – José Oquendo, Puerto Rican-American baseball player and coach
  • 1962 – Pam Shriver, American tennis player and sportscaster
  • 1961 – Richard Garriott, English-American video game designer, created the Ultima series
  • 1954 – Jim Beattie, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1954 – Morganna, American model, actress, and dancer
  • 1952 – Paul Rogat Loeb, American author and activist
  • 1951 – Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, American lawyer and politician, 6th Lieutenant Governor of Maryland
  • 1951 – Ralph Johnson, American R&B drummer and percussionist
  • 1951 – Vladimir Tismăneanu, Romanian-American political scientist, sociologist, and academic
  • 1946 – Michael Milken, American businessman and philanthropist
  • 1946 – Ron Kovic, American author and activist
  • 1943 – Alan Wilson, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1970)
  • 1943 – Emerson Boozer, American football player and sportscaster
  • 1943 – Geraldo Rivera, American lawyer, journalist, and author
  • 1942 – Floyd Little, American football player and coach
  • 1942 – Hal Lanier, American baseball player, coach, and manager
  • 1942 – Peter Rowan, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1941 – Brian Willson, American soldier, lawyer, and activist
  • 1941 – Sam Farr, American politician
  • 1938 – Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1937 – Richard Rhodes, American journalist and historian
  • 1937 – Thomas Nagel, American philosopher and academic
  • 1934 – Yvonne B. Miller, American academic and politician (d. 2012)
  • 1931 – Rick Casares, American football player and soldier (d. 2013)
  • 1931 – Stephen Boyd, Northern Ireland-born American actor (d. 1977)
  • 1930 – George Steinbrenner, American businessman (d. 2010)
  • 1929 – Al Davis, American football player, coach, and manager (d. 2011)
  • 1929 – Bill Tuttle, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • 1928 – Chuck Tanner, American baseball player and manager (d. 2011)
  • 1927 – Neil Simon, American playwright and screenwriter
  • 1926 – Lake Underwood, American race car driver and businessman (d. 2008)
  • 1924 – Eva Marie Saint, American actress
  • 1921 – Philip Rose, American actor, playwright, and producer (d. 2011)
  • 1920 – Leona Helmsley, American businesswoman (d. 2007)
  • 1920 – Norm Drucker, American basketball player and referee (d. 2015)
  • 1918 – Eppie Lederer, American journalist and radio host (d. 2002)
  • 1918 – Johnnie Parsons, American race car driver (d. 1984)
  • 1918 – Pauline Phillips, American journalist and radio host, created Dear Abby (d. 2013)
  • 1916 – Iva Toguri D'Aquino, American typist and broadcaster (d. 2006)
  • 1915 – Timmie Rogers, American actor and singer-songwriter (d. 2006)
  • 1911 – Mitch Miller, American singer and producer (d. 2010)
  • 1910 – Gloria Stuart, American actress (d. 2010)
  • 1910 – Robert K. Merton, American sociologist and scholar (d. 2003)
  • 1907 – Howard Taubman, American author and critic (d. 1996)
  • 1907 – John Anderson, American discus thrower (d. 1948)
  • 1906 – Vincent Schaefer, American chemist and meteorologist (d. 1993)
  • 1905 – Irving Johnson, American sailor and author (d. 1991)
  • 1905 – Lionel Trilling, American critic, essayist, short story writer, and educator (d. 1975)
  • 1902 – George Murphy, American actor and politician (d. 1992)
  • 1902 – Meyer Lansky, American gangster (d. 1983)
  • 1898 – Gertrude Weaver, American supercentenarian (d. 2015)
  • 1898 – Pilar Barbosa, Puerto Rican-American historian and activist (d. 1997)
  • 1895 – Irving Caesar, American songwriter and composer (d. 1996)
  • 1888 – Henry Armetta, Italian-American actor and singer (d. 1945)
  • 1883 – Rube Goldberg, American sculptor, cartoonist, and engineer (d. 1970)
  • 1881 – Ulysses S. Grant III, American general (d. 1968)
  • 1872 – Calvin Coolidge, American lawyer and politician, 30th President of the United States (d. 1933)
  • 1868 – Henrietta Swan Leavitt, American astronomer and academic (d. 1921)
  • 1847 – James Anthony Bailey, American circus ringmaster, co-founded Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (d. 1906)
  • 1826 – Stephen Foster, American songwriter and composer (d. 1864)
  • 1816 – Hiram Walker, American businessman, founded Canadian club whiskey (d. 1899)
  • 1804 – Nathaniel Hawthorne, American novelist and short story writer (d. 1864)

Deaths

  • 2015 – William Conrad Gibbons, American historian, author, and academic (b. 1926)
  • 2014 – C. J. Henderson, American author and critic (b. 1951)
  • 2014 – Earl Robinson, American baseball player (b. 1936)
  • 2014 – Richard Mellon Scaife, American businessman (b. 1932)
  • 2013 – Charles A. Hines, American general (b. 1935)
  • 2013 – James Fulton, American dermatologist and academic (b. 1940)
  • 2012 – Jimmy Bivins, American boxer (b. 1919)
  • 2010 – Robert Neil Butler, American physician and author (b. 1927)
  • 2009 – Allen Klein, American businessman and talent agent, founded ABKCO Records (b. 1931)
  • 2009 – Brenda Joyce, American actress (b. 1917)
  • 2009 – Drake Levin, American guitarist (b. 1946)
  • 2009 – Steve McNair, American football player (b. 1973)
  • 2008 – Evelyn Keyes, American actress (b. 1916)
  • 2008 – Jesse Helms, American politician (b. 1921)
  • 2008 – Terrence Kiel, American football player (b. 1980)
  • 2008 – Thomas M. Disch, American author and poet (b. 1940)
  • 2007 – Bill Pinkney, American singer (b. 1925)
  • 2005 – Hank Stram, American football player and coach (b. 1923)
  • 2003 – Barry White, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (b. 1944)
  • 2003 – Larry Burkett, American author and radio host (b. 1939)
  • 2002 – Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., American general (b. 1912)
  • 1999 – Leo Garel, American illustrator and educator (b. 1917)
  • 1997 – Charles Kuralt, American journalist (b. 1934)
  • 1995 – Bob Ross, American painter and television host (b. 1942)
  • 1995 – Eva Gabor, Hungarian-American actress and singer (b. 1919)
  • 1994 – Joey Marella, American wrestling referee (b. 1964)
  • 1991 – Art Sansom, American cartoonist (b. 1920)
  • 1990 – Olive Ann Burns, American journalist and author (b. 1924)
  • 1988 – Adrian Adonis, American wrestler (b. 1954)
  • 1986 – Oscar Zariski, Belarusian-American mathematician and academic (b. 1899)
  • 1984 – Jimmie Spheeris, American singer-songwriter (b. 1949)
  • 1971 – August Derleth, American anthologist and author (b. 1909)
  • 1971 – Thomas C. Hart, American admiral and politician (b. 1877)
  • 1970 – Barnett Newman, American painter and illustrator (b. 1905)
  • 1970 – Harold Stirling Vanderbilt, American sailor and businessman (b. 1884)
  • 1963 – Clyde Kennard, American activist and martyr (b. 1927)
  • 1963 – Pingali Venkayya, Indian activist, designed the Flag of India (b. 1876)
  • 1916 – Alan Seeger, American soldier and poet (b. 1888)
  • 1910 – Melville Fuller, American lawyer and jurist, 8th Chief Justice of the United States (b. 1833)
  • 1891 – Hannibal Hamlin, American lawyer and politician, 15th Vice President of the United States (b. 1809)
  • 1882 – Joseph Brackett, American composer and author (b. 1797)
  • 1857 – William L. Marcy, American lawyer, judge, and politician, 21st United States Secretary of State (b. 1786)
  • 1831 – James Monroe, American soldier, lawyer, and politician, 5th President of the United States (b. 1758)
  • 1826 – John Adams, American lawyer and politician, 2nd President of the United States (b. 1735)
  • 1826 – Thomas Jefferson, American architect, lawyer, and politician, 3rd President of the United States (b. 1743)
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