About July 4

July 4, 2024 is the 186th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 180 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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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 209 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

  • 1120
    Jordan II of Capua is anointed as prince after his infant nephew’s death.
  • 1569
    The King of Poland and the Grand Duke of Lithuania, Sigismund II Augustus finally sign the document of union between Poland and Lithuania, creating new country known as Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • 1774
    Orangetown Resolutions adopted in the Province of New York, one of many protests against the British Parliament’s Coercive Acts
  • 1776
    American Revolution: The United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress.
  • 1802
    At West Point, New York the United States Military Academy opens.
  • 1810
    The French occupy Amsterdam.
  • 1817
    At Rome, New York, United States, construction on the Erie Canal begins.
  • 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.
  • 1831
    Samuel Francis Smith wrote My Country, 'Tis of Thee for the Boston, MA July 4th festivities.
  • 1838
    The Iowa Territory is organized.
  • 1865
    Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is published.
  • 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.
  • 1903
    Dorothy Levitt is reported as the first woman in the world to compete in a 'motor race'.
  • 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.
  • 1946
    After 381 years of near-continuous colonial rule by various powers, the Philippines attains full independence from the United States.
  • 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.
  • 2004
    The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.
  • 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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