July 04: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On July 4, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. In the Gregorian calendar, July 4th is the 185th day of the year. On this day, the United States Congress declares independence from the United Kingdom, Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb, and North Korea successfully tests its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

The 4th of July falls under the sign of Cancer. Calvin Coolidge, Malia Obama, and Andrew Zimmern all have famous birthdays. In the United States, today is Independence Day.


(July 04, 1776)
The Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on this day in 1776, calling for the American colonies to break from Great Britain, a proclamation that is now recognised by a US national holiday.


(July 04, 1898)
The SS La Bourgogne collides with another ship and sinks off the shore of Sable Island on its way from New York to Le Havre, killing 549 people.

(July 04, 1901)
William Howard Taft is appointed as the first American governor of the Philippines.

(July 04, 1911)
A huge heat wave sweeps the northeastern United States, killing 380 people and shattering temperature records in various cities over the course of eleven days.

(July 04, 1913)
At the Great Reunion of 1913, President Woodrow Wilson addresses American Civil War soldiers.


(July 04, 2012)
Scientists at CERN's Large Hadron Collider stated that they had discovered an intriguing signal, which they believe to be a Higgs boson.

(Died on July 04, 2021)
Harmoko, Indonesian politician, former parliament speaker and government minister (b. 1939).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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