About July 4

July 4, 2021 is the 185th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 180 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

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Cancer is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 212 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

July 4: More About This Day

The Aphelion, the point in the year when the Earth is farthest from the Sun, occurs around this date.

What Happened On July 4

  • 993
    Saint Ulrich of Augsburg is canonized.
  • 1187
    The Crusades: Battle of Hattin – Saladin defeats Guy of Lusignan, King of Jerusalem.
  • 1359
    Francesco II Ordelaffi of Forlì surrenders to the Papal commander Gil de Albornoz.
  • 1610
    The Battle of Klushino between forces of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and Russia during the Polish-Muscovite War.
  • 1744
    The Treaty of Lancaster, in which the Iroquois ceded lands between the Allegheny Mountains and the Ohio River to the British colonies, is signed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
  • 1774
    Orangetown Resolutions adopted in the Province of New York, one of many protests against the British Parliament’s Coercive Acts
  • 1817
    At Rome, New York, United States, construction on the Erie Canal begins.
  • 1837
    Grand Junction Railway, the world’s first long-distance railway, opens between Birmingham and Liverpool.
  • 1878
    Thoroughbred horses Ten Broeck and Mollie McCarty run a match race, immortalized in the song Molly and Tenbrooks.
  • 1879
    Anglo-Zulu War: the Zululand capital of Ulundi is captured by British troops and burnt to the ground, thus, ending the war and forcing King Cetshwayo to flee.
  • 1886
    The first scheduled Canadian transcontinental train arrives in Port Moody, British Columbia.
  • 1910
    African-American boxer Jack Johnson knocks out white boxer Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match sparking race riots across the United States.
  • 1913
    President Woodrow Wilson addresses American Civil War veterans at the Great Reunion of 1913.
  • 1939
    Lou Gehrig, recently diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, tells a crowd at Yankee Stadium that he considers himself “The luckiest man on the face of the earth” as he announces his retirement from major league baseball.
  • 1943
    World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Kursk, the largest full-scale battle in history and the world’s largest tank battle at Prokhorovka village.
  • 1969
    Two teens (one male, one female) are attacked at Blue Rock Springs in California. They are the second (known) victims of the Zodiac Killer. The male survives.
  • 1982
    Iranian diplomats kidnapping (1982): four Iranian diplomats are kidnapped by Lebanese militia in Lebanon.
  • 1987
    In France, former Gestapo chief Klaus Barbie (aka the “Butcher of Lyon”) is convicted of crimes against humanity and is sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • 1993
    Sumitomo Chemical’s resin plant in Nihama explodes killing one worker and injuring three others.
  • 2005
    The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1.

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