Today in History

Listings for Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Birthdays:


Events:
  • United States Independence Day
  • 1054 Brightest known supernova starts shining, for 23 days.
  • 1057 Crab Nebula supernova recorded by Chinese & Japanese astronomers.
  • 1776 Future U.S. issues the Declaration of Independence from Britain
  • 1802 US Military Academy officially opens at West Point, NY
  • 1828 first US passenger railroad started, The Baltimore & Ohio
  • 1845 Thoreau moves into his shack on Walden Pond.
  • 1862 Lewis Carroll begins inventing "Alice in Wonderland" for his friend Alice Pleasance Liddell during a boating trip.
  • 1876 1st public exhibition of electric light in San Francisco.
  • 1882 Telegraph Hill Observatory opens.
  • 1884 Statue of Liberty is presented to the United States, in Paris.
  • 1894 Republic of Hawaii established.
  • 1894 Elwood Haynes successfully tests one of the first US autos
  • 1903 Pacific Cable (San Francisco, Hawaii, Guam, Phillipines) opens. President Roosevelt sends a message to the Phillipines, then a message around the world in 12 minutes.
  • 1933 Work begins on the Oakland Bay Bridge.
  • 1946 Philippines gains independence from US
  • 1965 Mariner 4 flies past Mars, sends first close-up photos.
  • 1967 Freedom of Information Act goes into effect
  • 1976 Raid on Entebbe - Israel rescues 229 Air France passengers

That's all for today.



Today In History