This Day in History - July 4

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!


Today is the 185th day of 2018. There are 180 days left in the year.

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT

1779: French forces take Grenada in the West Indies from the British, who retake it four years later.

OTHER EVENTS

1187: The Arab forces of Sultan Saladin destroy a thirsty and exhausted Crusader army at Hattin in northern Palestine, leading to the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem.

1776: American Declaration of Independence is approved by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. The day is now Independence Day in the United States.

1862: Lewis Carroll, an Oxford University student, narrates a story to a group of friends during a boat trip. The story is later published as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland .

1946: Republic of the Philippines is founded after 47 years of US rule.

1974: Ethiopia's Emperor Haile Selassie agrees to military supervision of his Government and speed-up of democratic reforms.

1994: Tutsi rebels seize most of Kigali and another key city in Rwanda, ending the worst of the genocide by Hutu militants in those areas.

1997: The US spacecraft Pathfinder, carrying an explorer vehicle, lands on Mars. It is the first landing on Mars since 1976.

2007: British Broadcasting Corporation reporter Alan Johnston is released after nearly four months in captivity in the Gaza Strip, where he was held by the shadowy, little-known militant group Army of Islam.

2009: North Korea launches seven ballistic missiles into waters off its east coast in a show of military firepower that defies UN resolutions and draws global expressions of condemnation and concern.

2013: France says it has confirmed that the nerve gas sarin was used “multiple times in a localised way” in Syria, including at least once by the regime.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

Nathaniel Hawthorne, US author (1804-1882); Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian soldier-statesman (1807-1882); Louis Armstrong, US jazz musician (1900-1971); Neil Simon, US playwright (1927- ); Geraldo Rivera, TV personality/news correspondent (1943- ); John Waite, singer (1955- )

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT