July 4 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1776 US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Great Britain

1785 James Hutton, geologist, publicly reads an abstract of his theory of uniformitarianism for the first time at the meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

1803 The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people by President Thomas Jefferson

1838 Huskar Colliery Mining Disaster in Silkstone England: mining pit floods drown 26 children, leads to 1842 ‘Mines and Collieries Act’ bans women and children working underground

1934 Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb

2017 North Korea tests first successful intercontinental ballistic missile into Sea of Japan

Today’s Historical Events

836 Pactum Sicardi, peace between the Principality of Benevento and the Duchy of Naples

993 Saint Ulrich of Augsburg is canonized.

1054 Brightest known supernova SN 1054 (creates the Crab Nebula) 1st reported by Chinese astronomers

1120 Jordan II of Capua is anointed as prince after his infant nephew’s death

1187 Battle of Hittin (Tiberias): Saladin defeats Reinoud of Châtillon

1301 Battle at Breukelen: Holland vs Lichtenberg

1359 Francesco II Ordelaffi of Forlì surrenders to the Papal commander Gil de Albornoz.

1415 Angelo Correr renounces his claim to the Papacy as Pope Gregory XII

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1954 WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins

1961 Walt Disney is one of the two main speakers on the Independence Day in The Rebuild Hills at Skørping in Denmark

1962 KIKU (now KHNL) TV channel 13 in Honolulu, HI (IND) 1st broadcast

1970 Casey Kasem‘s “American Top 40” debuts on LA radio

1989 14 year old actress Drew Barrymore, attempts suicide

1991 24th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Pan Pacific Hotel

1996 29th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center

2014 Rolf Harris is sentenced to 5 years and 9 months for indecently assaulting female minors

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1831 “America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)” is 1st sung in Boston

1964 Beachboys’ “I Get Around” reaches #1

1966 Beatles attacked in the Philippines after (unintentionally) insulting Imelda Marcos

1969 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep and Janis Joplin

1977 Nigel Harrison replaces Gary Valentine as bassist of Blondie

1986 Farm Aid II benefit concert held in Manor, Texas; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Waylon Jennings, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Nicolette Larson, Los Lobos, and Steve Earle

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1890 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Lena Rice becomes the only Irish female to win at Wimbledon beating May Jacks 6-4, 6-1

1891 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Wilfred Baddeley wins first of 3 Wimbledon singles championships; beats Joshua Pim 6-4, 1-6, 7-5, 6-0

1892 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Defending champion Wilfred Baddeley beats Joshua Pim 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2

1904 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Laurence Doherty & Reggie Doherty beat Paul de Borman & William le Maire de Warzée 6-0, 6-1, 6-3 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-0 lead over Belgium (ends 5-0)

1905 Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers Rube Waddell (A’s) and Cy Young (Boston) matchup in 20-inning classic; Philadelphia win, 4-2

1906 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Laurence Doherty beats Frank Riseley 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 for his 5th straight Wimbledon singles title

1907 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires of Australia in round 1 in Colma, California, his 6th title defence

1907 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Australian Norman Brookes becomes the first non-Englishman and left-hander to win Wimbledon beating Arthur Gore 6-4, 6-2, 6-2