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On this day in history - July 4

What Happened On This Day – July 4

  • 2012 Discovery of Higgs boson particle is announced by scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

    The existence of the elusive elementary particle in physics, was suggested in the 1960s. The Higgs boson, which is named after Nobel laureate, Peter Higgs, was finally detected by scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider.

  • 1966 Freedom of Information Act in the US is signed into law

    The 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson signed the law, which allows for the disclosure of government information to the public. It came into effect a year later in 1967.

  • 1946 Philippines gains independence from the United States

    The South East Asian country had been ruled for almost 381 years by various colonial powers, starting with the Spanish in the early 16th century.

  • 1865 Alice in Wonderland is published for the first time

    The classic fantasy novel was written by author Lewis Carroll, whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. The book recounted the adventures of a curious girl, Alice, who falls into a rabbit hole and meets human-like animals and creatures.

  • 1776 United States Declaration of Independence is adopted in Philadelphia

    The statement declared the independence of the 13 British colonies from the British crown. It also announced the creation of a new country called the United States of America. Then handwritten declaration was approved by the Second Continental Congress and was signed by 56 delegates on August 2, 1776.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
July 4

  • 1973 Gackt

    Japanese singer-songwriter, musician, producer, actor

  • 1960 Barry Windham

    American wrestler

  • 1952 Álvaro Uribe

    Colombian politician, 39th President of Colombia

  • 1930 George Steinbrenner

    American businessman

  • 1872 Calvin Coolidge

    American politician, 30th President of the United States

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Deaths On This Day,
July 4

  • 2011 Otto von Habsburg

    Austrian/German son of Charles I of Austria

  • 2008 Jesse Helms

    American politician

  • 1934 Marie Curie

    Polish chemist, physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1826 Thomas Jefferson

    American politician, 3rd President of the United States

  • 1551 Gregory Cromwell, 1st Baron Cromwell