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Birthdates which occurred on your SELECTED date of July 04:

1715 Christian Gellert Saxony, poet, novelist (Fables & Tales)
1753 Jean-Pierre-Francois Blanchard 1st balloon flights in England, US
1804 Nathaniel Hawthorne Mass, author (House of 7 Gables, Scarlet Letter)
1807 Giuseppe Garibaldi unified Italy
1826 Stephen Foster Lawrencevil, Pa, composer (Oh! Susanna, Swanee River)
1847 James Anthony Bailey Detroit, circus impresario (Barnum & Bailey)
1867 Stephen Mather organized US National Park Service
1872 Calvin Coolidge (R) 29th pres (1923-29)
1875 Giovanni & Giacomo Tocci Italy, siamese twins
1878 George M Cohan entertainer, Give my regards to Broadway
1880 George Mullin pitcher (Detroit Tigers-no-hitter on 7/4/1912)
1880 Pat Rooney vaudevillian/actor (Night Club)
1883 Rube Goldberg who made the easy outrageously difficult
1885 Louis B Mayer Minsk Russia, motion-picture executive (MGM)
1894 Henry Carlson basketball coach (originated figure 8 play)
1898 Johnny Lee Missouri, actor (Calhoun-Amos 'n' Andy)
19-- Michael Sweet rock vocalist (Stryper-Against the Law)
1900 Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong New Orleans LA, jazz musician (Hello Dolly)
1902 George Murphy New Haven Ct, (Sen-R-Calif)/actor/dancer (MGM Parade)
1902 Meyer Lansky mobster (Started numbers)
1902 Vince Barnett Pittsburgh, actor (Star is Born, Human Jungle)
1903 Flor Peeters Antwerp Belgium, organist (Lied Symphony)
1905 Lionel Trilling author (1969 Poses Award, Liberal Imagination)
1909 Alec Templeton Cardiff Wales, pianist/composer (Concertino Lirico)
1911 Mitch Miller Rochester NY, sing along with Mitch (Yellow Rose of Tx)
1912 Virginia Graham Chicago Ill, TV personality (Girl Talk, Where Was I)
1915 Timmie Rogers Detroit Mich, singer (Sugar Hill Time)
1916 Tokyo Rose WW II propogandist
1918 Abigail Van Buren twin sister, advice columnist
1918 Ann Landers twin sister, advice columnist
1918 Buster Davis Johnstown Pa, choral director (Garry Moore Show)
1918 Taufa'ahau Tupou IV king of Tonga (1965- )
1920 Leona Helmsley (wife of Harry), real estate billionaire
1921 Gerard Debreu France, economist (Nobel 1983)
1924 Eva Marie Saint Newark NJ, actress (On the Waterfront)
1926 Mary Stuart Miami Fla, actress (Jo-Search for Tomorrow)
1927 Gina Lollobrigida Subiaco Italy, actress (Trapeze, Falcon Crest)
1927 Neil Simon playwright (Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Biloxi Blues)
1928 Stephen Boyd actor (Fantastic Voyage, Ben-Hur)
1929 Al Davis Brocton Mass, NFL team owner (LA Raiders)
1930 George Steinbrenner NY Yankees owner/ship builder/horse owner
1938 Bill Withers WV, rhythm & blues singer (Lean on Me)
1939 Ed Bernard Phila, actor (Joe-Police Woman, Jim-White Shadow)
1943 Emerson Boozer NFL running back (NY Jet)/sportscaster
1946 Michael Milken LA Calif, partner (Intl Capital Access Group)
1946 Ron Kovic disabled vietnam vet (Born on 4th of July)
1948 Rene Arnoux France, formula-1 racer (6th place-1980)
1950 David Jensen rocker British DJ
1953 Geraldo Rivera NYC, news personality (20/20, Geraldo)
1955 John Waite singer (Babies/Bad English-Forget Me Not)
1958 Kirk Pengilly Sydney Australia, rocker (Inxs-Kiss the Dirt)
1962 Pam Shriver tennis player (US Open's Doubles 1983,4,6,7)
1963 Henri Leconte France, tennis player (French finalist 1988)
1964 Mark Allen Slaughter Las Vegas, guitarist (Slaughter-Stick it Live)

Deaths which occurred on July 04:

1627 Thomas Middleton Elizabethan dramatist, dies (birth date unknown)
1826 John Adams & Thomas Jefferson 2nd & 3rd presidents, die
1831 James Monroe 5th president, dies
1848 Francois Rene de Chateaubriand French novelist/politician, dies
1934 Chaim Nachman Bialik zionist poet, dies
1938 Suzanne Lenglen 6 time Wimbeldon champ, dies at 39 of anemia
1957 Judy Tyler actress (Princess-Howdy Doody), dies at 24 in car crash
1962 Rex Bell cowboy (Cowboys & Injuns), dies at 56
1963 Grant Richards actor (Doug-Doorway to Danger), dies at 48
1970 Harold Vanderbilt America Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), dies at 85


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On this day...

1054 Brightest known super-nova (Crab Nebula) starts shining (23 days)
1636 City of Providence, Rhode Island form
1653 Barebones Parliment goes into session in England
1776 Declaration of Independence-US gains independence from Britain
1789 1st US tariff act
1802 US Military Academy officially opens (West Point, NY)
1817 Construction on Erie Canal begins
1819 William Herschel makes last telescopic observation of 1819 comet
1827 Slavery abolished in NY
1828 Construction begins on Band O (Baltimore-Ohio) 1st US passenger RR
1829 Cornerstone laid for 1st US mint (Chestnut & Juniper St, Phila)
1832 "America" 1st sung publicly
1836 Wisconsin Territory formed
1845 Texas Congress votes for annexation to US
1845 Thoreau moves into his shack on Walden Pond
1862 Lewis Carroll creates Alice in Wonderland for Alice P Liddell
1863 Boise, Idaho founded (now capital of Idaho)
1863 Vicksburg, Mississippi surrenders to Union forces
1865 1st edition of "Alice in Wonderland" is published
1866 Firecracker thrown in wood starts fire destroying of Portland, Me
1873 Aquarium opens in Woodward Gardens
1874 Social Democratic Workmen's Party of North America formed
1875 White Democrats kill several blacks in terrorist attacks in Vicksburg
1876 1st public exhibition of electric light in SF
1881 Brooker T Washington establishes Tuskegee Institute
1882 Telegraph Hill Observatory opens in SF
1883 Buffalo Bill Cody presents 1st wild west show, North Platte, Nebr
1884 1st US bullfight held (Dodge City Ks)
1884 Statue of Liberty presented to US in Paris
1886 1st scheduled transcontinental passenger train reaches Pt Moody, BC
1888 1st organized rodeo competition held, Prescott, Ariz
1889 Washington state constitutional convention holds 1st meeting
1893 A Borrelly discovers asteroid #369 Aeria
1894 Elwood Haynes successfully tests one of 1st US autos at 6 MPH
1894 Republic of Hawaii established
1898 "La Bourgogne" collides with "Cromartyshire", 560 drown
1898 French liner "La Bourgogne" collides with bark "Cromartyshire", 50 die
1898 US flag hoisted over Wake Island (Spanish-American War)
1903 Pacific Cable (SF, Hawaii, Guam, Phil) opens, Pres TR sends message
1905 Phila A's beat Boston Red Sox 4-2 in 20 inning game
1908 NY Giant George "Hooks" Witse no-hits Phila Phillies, 1-0 in 10 inn
1910 Jack Johnson KOs James Jeffries in 15 rounds, ending come-back try
1911 Ty Cobb goes 0 for 4 & ends a 40 game hit streak
1912 Detroit Tiger George Mullen no-hits St Louis Browns, 7-0
1914 1st US motorcycle race (300 miles, Dodge City Ks)
1918 Altar dedicated at full-scale replica of Stonehenge at Maryhill, Wa
1919 Cincinnati Reds are 10 games back in NL, & win the World Series
1919 Jack Dempsey beats Jess Willard in Cuba for heavyweight championship
1919 M Wolf discovers asteroid #914 Palisana
1925 44 die when the Dreyfus Hotel in Boston collapses
1925 Yanks Lefty Grove beats A's Herb Pennock 1-0 in 15 innings
1929 AM radio station WOWO, Indiana's transmitter burns down
1933 Work begins on Oakland Bay Bridge
1938 1st game at Shribe Park, Phila; Braves beat Phillies 10-5
1939 Red Sox Jim Tabor hits 2 grand slams in 1 game
1939 Yankees retire 1st uniform (Lou Gehrig #4), 1st Old Timers Day
1941 Howard Florey & Norman Heatley meet for the 1st time, 11 days later
           they successfully recreate pencillin
1942 1st American bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe (WW II)
1946 Philippines gains independence from US
1950 Truman signs public law 600 (Puerto Ricans write own consitution)
1954 West Germany beats Hungary 3-2 for soccer's 5th World Cup in Bern
1956 Independence National Historical Park established in Philadelphia
1956 US most intense rain fall (1.23" in 1 minute) at Unionville Maryland
1959 America's new 49-star flag honoring Alaska statehood unfurled
1959 Cayman Islands separated from Jamaica, made a crown colony
1960 America's new 50-star flag honoring Hawaiian statehood unfurled
1960 Mickey Mantle hits career homer # 300
1962 Island Records begins
1966 LBJ signs Freedom of Information Act
1967 Freedom of Information Act goes into effect
1967 Phillies Clay Dairymple ties NL record of 6 walks in doubleheader
1969 "Give Peace a Chance" by Plastic Ono Band is released in the UK
1969 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep & Janis Joplin
1969 Ann Jones defeats Billie Jean King for Wimbeldon Ladies championship
1970 100 injured in race rioting in Asbury Park NJ
1970 Chartered Dan-Air Comet crashes into mountains north of
           Barcelona, Spain killing 112 vacationing Britons
1973 In audience with Italian cyclists, Pope Paul VI praises athletes who
           "offer the magnificent show of a healthy, strong, generous youth"
1975 Bundy victim (?) Nancy Baird disappears from Layton, Utah
1976 Raid on Entebbe-Israel rescues 229 Air France passengers
1977 Cubs use fielder Larry Bittner as a pitcher
1977 Nigel Harrison replaces Gary Valentine as bassist of Blondie
1978 L Chernykh discovers asteroid #3332
1978 Memphis firefighters halt 3-day strike under a court order
1982 4th Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 4 lands at Edwards AFB
1982 Jimmy Connors beats John McEnroe for his last Wimbeldon championship
1983 Yankee Dave Righetti no-hits the Red Sox
1984 Yuri Sedykh of USSR throws hammer a record 86.33 m
1985 Tinker Bell's nightly flight begins
1987 Discovery moves to Launch Pad 39B for STS-26 mission
1987 Martina Navratilova wins 6th straight Wimbeldon defeats Steffi Graf
1987 Nazi Klaus Barbie, "Butcher of Lyon" convicted by a French court
1988 Steffan Edberg beats Boris Becker for Wimbeldon crown
1988 US navy shoots down Iranian civilian jetliner over Gulf, kills 290
1990 2 Live Crew release "Banned in the USA" the lyrics quote Star
           Spangled Banner & Gettysburg Address


Note: Some Holidays are only applicable on a given "day of the week"

Bahamas : Queen's Birthday
Cayman Islands : Constitution Day
Hannibal Missouri : Tom Sawyer Fence painting Day
Italy : Garibaldi Day (1807)
Philippines : Philippine-American Friendship Day (1946)
Rhode Island : Providence Day (1636)
Tonga : King's Birthday
US & Possessions : Independence Day (1776)
Yugoslavia : Fighter's Day
Iowa : Independence Sunday - - - - - ( Sunday )
Caribbean Common Market : Caribbean Day (1973) - - - - - ( Monday )
Lesotho : Family Day - - - - - ( Monday )
Zambia : Heroes Day - - - - - ( Monday )
Zambia : Unity Day - - - - - ( Tuesday )

Religious Observances

Muslim-Libya : Mohammed's Ascension
RC : Feast of St Bertha, abbess
RC : Mem of St Elizabeth of Portugal, queen/widow, (opt)

Religious History

1765 English poet and hymnwriter William Cowper observed in a letter: 'How naturallydoes affliction make us Christians!'
1831 Baptist clergyman Samuel Francis Smith penned the American patriotic hymn,'America' ('My Country, 'tis of Thee'). Smith was unaware that the tune, ironically, wasalso that of England's national anthem: 'God Save the Queen'!
1840 Birth of American sacred composer James McGranahan. His most enduring melodiesinclude CHRIST RETURNETH, MY REDEEMER, NEUMEISTER ('Christ Receiveth Sinful Men') andSHOWERS OF BLESSING.
1870 Birth of James Moffatt, Scottish New Testament scholar. Moffatt translated theNew (1913) and Old (1924) Testaments into the colloquial English of his day. They were firstpublished together in 1935.
1970 American Presbyterian missionary Francis Schaeffer observed in a letter: 'Ifstandards are raised which are not really scriptural,... it can only lead to sorrow. If wetry to have a spirituality higher than the Bible sets forth, it will always turn out to belower.'

Source: William D. Blake. ALMANAC OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1987.
Additional information supplied by the author. Contact via E-mail: William D. Blake. (

Thought for the day :

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