About July 4

July 4, 2022 is the 185th day of the year 2022 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 180 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday.

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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 202 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

  • 836
    Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples.
  • 993
    Saint Ulrich of Augsburg is canonized.
  • 1187
    The Crusades: Battle of Hattin – Saladin defeats Guy of Lusignan, King of Jerusalem.
  • 1636
    City of Providence, Rhode Island forms.
  • 1810
    The French occupy Amsterdam.
  • 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.
  • 1827
    Slavery is abolished in New York State.
  • 1838
    The Iowa Territory is organized.
  • 1855
    In Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman’s book of poems, titled Leaves of Grass, is published.
  • 1862
    Lewis Carroll tells Alice Liddell a story that would grow into Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequels.
  • 1863
    The Army of Northern Virginia withdraws from the battlefield after its loss at the Battle of Gettysburg, signalling an end to the Southern invasion of the North.
  • 1881
    In Alabama, the Tuskegee Institute opens.
  • 1886
    The first scheduled Canadian transcontinental train arrives in Port Moody, British Columbia.
  • 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.
  • 1941
    Nazi Germans massacre Polish scientists and writers in the captured Ukrainian city of Lviv.
  • 1947
    The “Indian Independence Bill” is presented before British House of Commons, suggesting bifurcation of British India into two sovereign countries – India and Pakistan.
  • 1951
    A court in Czechoslovakia sentences American journalist William N. Oatis to ten years in prison on a charge of espionage.
  • 1976
    Israeli commandos raid Entebbe airport in Uganda, rescuing all but four of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by Palestinian terrorists.
  • 1982
    Iranian diplomats kidnapping (1982): four Iranian diplomats are kidnapped by Lebanese militia in Lebanon.
  • 2004
    The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.

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