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

  • 1253
    Battle of West-Capelle: John I of Avesnes defeats Guy of Dampierre.
  • 1359
    Francesco II Ordelaffi of Forlì surrenders to the Papal commander Gil de Albornoz.
  • 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.
  • 1610
    The Battle of Klushino between forces of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and Russia during the Polish-Muscovite War.
  • 1778
    American Revolutionary War: American forces under George Clark capture Kaskaskia during the Illinois campaign.
  • 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.
  • 1831
    Samuel Francis Smith wrote My Country, 'Tis of Thee for the Boston, MA July 4th festivities.
  • 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.
  • 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 people of France offer the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States.
  • 1894
    The short-lived Republic of Hawaii is proclaimed by Sanford B. Dole.
  • 1910
    African-American boxer Jack Johnson knocks out white boxer Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match sparking race riots across the United States.
  • 1941
    Nazi Germans massacre Polish scientists and writers in the captured Ukrainian city of Lviv.
  • 1950
    The first broadcast by Radio Free Europe.
  • 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.
  • 1993
    Sumitomo Chemical’s resin plant in Nihama explodes killing one worker and injuring three others.
  • 1997
    NASA’s Pathfinder space probe lands on the surface of Mars.

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