About July 4

July 4, 2020 is the 186th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 180 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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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 223 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

  • 414
    Emperor Theodosius II, age 13, yields power to his older sister Aelia Pulcheria who reigns as regent and proclaimed herself empress (Augusta) of the Eastern Roman Empire.
  • 1054
    A supernova is seen by Chinese, Arab, and possibly Amerindian observers near the star Zeta Tauri. For several months it remains bright enough to be seen during the day. Its remnants form the Crab Nebula.
  • 1120
    Jordan II of Capua is anointed as prince after his infant nephew’s death.
  • 1253
    Battle of West-Capelle: John I of Avesnes defeats Guy of Dampierre.
  • 1774
    Orangetown Resolutions adopted in the Province of New York, one of many protests against the British Parliament’s Coercive Acts
  • 1827
    Slavery is abolished in New York State.
  • 1831
    Samuel Francis Smith wrote My Country, 'Tis of Thee for the Boston, MA July 4th festivities.
  • 1837
    Grand Junction Railway, the world’s first long-distance railway, opens between Birmingham and Liverpool.
  • 1838
    The Iowa Territory is organized.
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Siege of Vicksburg – Vicksburg, Mississippi surrenders to Ulysses S. Grant after 47 days of siege. 150 miles up the Mississippi River, a Confederate Army is repulsed at the Battle of Helena, Arkansas.
  • 1878
    Thoroughbred horses Ten Broeck and Mollie McCarty run a match race, immortalized in the song Molly and Tenbrooks.
  • 1886
    The people of France offer the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States.
  • 1887
    The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, joins Sindh-Madrasa-tul-Islam, Karachi.
  • 1892
    Western Samoa changes the International Date Line, so that year there were 367 days in this country, with two occurrences of Monday, July 4.
  • 1913
    President Woodrow Wilson addresses American Civil War veterans at the Great Reunion of 1913.
  • 1951
    A court in Czechoslovakia sentences American journalist William N. Oatis to ten years in prison on a charge of espionage.
  • 1966
    President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act into United States law. The act goes into effect the next year.
  • 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.
  • 2006
    North Korea tests four short-range missiles, one medium-range missile, and a long-range Taepodong-2. The long-range Taepodong-2 reportedly fails in mid-air over the Sea of Japan.

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