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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1456
    The Siege of Nándorfehérvár (Belgrade) begins. (Part of the Ottoman wars in Europe)
  • 1803
    The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people.
  • 1827
    Slavery is abolished in New York State.
  • 1837
    Grand Junction Railway, the world’s first long-distance railway, opens between Birmingham and Liverpool.
  • 1838
    The Iowa Territory is organized.
  • 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.
  • 1881
    In Alabama, the Tuskegee Institute opens.
  • 1913
    President Woodrow Wilson addresses American Civil War veterans at the Great Reunion of 1913.
  • 1946
    After 381 years of near-continuous colonial rule by various powers, the Philippines attains full independence from the United States.
  • 1951
    A court in Czechoslovakia sentences American journalist William N. Oatis to ten years in prison on a charge of espionage.
  • 1960
    Due to the post-Independence Day admission of Hawaii as the 50th U.S. state on August 21, 1959, the 50-star flag of the United States debuts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania almost ten and a half months later (see Flag Act).
  • 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.
  • 2004
    The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.
  • 2005
    The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1.
  • 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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