This Day in History - July 4

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

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


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


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.


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- )




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