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

  • 993
    Saint Ulrich of Augsburg is canonized.
  • 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.
  • 1774
    Orangetown Resolutions adopted in the Province of New York, one of many protests against the British Parliament’s Coercive Acts
  • 1778
    American Revolutionary War: American forces under George Clark capture Kaskaskia during the Illinois campaign.
  • 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.
  • 1831
    Samuel Francis Smith wrote My Country, 'Tis of Thee for the Boston, MA July 4th festivities.
  • 1862
    Lewis Carroll tells Alice Liddell a story that would grow into Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequels.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1918
    Bolsheviks kill Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family (Julian calendar date).
  • 1918
    Ottoman sultan Mehmed VI ascends to the throne.
  • 1943
    World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Kursk, the largest full-scale battle in history and the world’s largest tank battle at Prokhorovka village.
  • 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.
  • 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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