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On July fourth, 1776, the
Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of
On this date:
In 1802, the United States Military Academy
officially opened at West Point, New York.
In 1831, the fifth
president of the United States, James
died in New York City.
In 1845, Henry
David Thoreau began his two-year experiment in
simpler living at Walden Pond, near Concord,
In 1872, the 30th
president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge,
was born in Plymouth, Vermont.
baseball's "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig,
said farewell to his fans at New York's Yankee
In 1942, Irving
Berlin's musical review "This Is the
Army" opened at the Broadway Theater in New
In 1959, America's
49-star flag, honoring Alaskan statehood, was
In 1960, America's
50-star flag, honoring Hawaiian statehood, was
In 1966, President
Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act,
which went into effect the following year.
In 1976, Israeli
commandos raided Entebbe airport in Uganda,
rescuing almost all of the passengers and crew of
an Air France jetliner seized by pro-Palestinian
Ten years ago:
Rioting that left three people dead erupted in 30
English towns following England's loss to West
Germany in World Cup soccer.
Five years ago:
President Boris Yeltsin announced that Russian
troops would be permanently stationed in
Chechnya. British Prime Minister John Major won
re-election as Conservative Party leader. The
space shuttle "Atlantis" and the
Russian space station "Mir" parted
after spending five days in orbit docked
together. Actress Eva Gabor died in Los Angeles
at age 74.
One year ago:
White supremacist Benjamin Nathaniel Smith shot
himself to death as police closed in on him in
southern Illinois, hours after he apparently shot
and killed a Korean man outside a church in
Bloomington, Indiana; authorities believe Smith
was also responsible for killing former college
basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong during a
three-day rampage targeting minorities. Pete
Sampras and Lindsay Davenport won the singles
titles at Wimbledon, defeating Andre Agassi and
American: that is incontestable."
Henry James, American author (1843-1916).