Death of St. Andrew of Crete
Death of St. Odo the Good
Death of St. Ulrich, bishop & patron of Augsburg - 1st person known to have been canonized by a Pope
Brightest known super-nova starts shining, for 23 days.
Henry II of England accepts a humiliating peace offer from Phillip I of France, Richard "Lionheart," and John "Lackland"
Kings Philip II & Richard I meet at Vzelay, France, and set off on the 3rd Crusade
Creation of William Bruges as first Garter King-of-Arms by Henry V, King of England
Johann Tetzel, salesman of papal indulgences in Germany, dies
Martin Luther joins the Disputation of Leipzig
Death of Magdalen, Wife of James V and Queen of Scotland
Abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots
Francis du Bose, of France, accused of witchcraft
Death of William Byrd, composer
Death of Thomas Middleton, Elizabethan dramatist
The "Barebones" Parliament meets
Jean-Pierre-Francois Blanchard, 1st balloon flights in England, US born
The Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.
The United States Military Academy officially opened at West Point, New York.
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter) born
Italian soldier who was influential in the unification ot Italy Giuseppi Garibaldi. born
Governor Dewitt Clinton of New York broke ground for the Erie Canal.
"The Harmonicon" of London declared that there was a "disagreeable eccentricity we had almost said a hoax" about, of all things, Beethoven's Seventh Symphony.
Stephen Foster was born, the Pennsylvania-born son of a Virginia businessman and a Maryland society lady. Many of Stephen Foster's songs would form the basic American musical heritage, alluded to or quoted outright in the classical compositions of Copland, Ives and others.
50 years to the day after the Declaration of Independence was adopted, former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died.
Baptist minister Dr. S.F. Smith composed "America" for Independence Day services. He wrote the words, borrowing the tune from an old German songbook. He didn't realize at the time, the British were using the same tune for the national anthem.
The fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, died in New York City.
American writer Henry David Thoreau began his two-year experiment in simple living at Walden Pond, near Concord, Massachusetts.
Circus operator James Bailey born
The first edition of "Leaves of Grass," by Walt Whitman, was published in Brooklyn, New York.
English clergyman and mathematician Charles L. Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, began inventing the story of "Alice in Wonderland" for his friend Alice Pleasance Liddell during a boating trip.
Boise, Idaho founded (now capital of Idaho).
Battles of Vicksburg and Gettysburg won by Union forces
The 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, was born in Plymouth, Vermont.
Telegraph Hill Observatory opens.
Russian born Hollywood mogul and cofounder of MGM, Louis B. Mayer. born
Elwood Haynes successfully tests one of the 1st US autos
The poem, "America the Beautiful" by Wellesley College professor Katherine Lee Bates, was first published in the "Congregationalist," a church publication.
Actress Gloria Stuart born
Conductor Mitch Miller born
TV personality Virginia Graham born
During a ceremony in Paris honoring the French hero of the American Revolution, US Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. Stanton declared, "Lafayette, we are here!"
Advice columnist Abigail Van Buren born
Advice columnist Ann Landers born
Actress Eva Marie Saint born
Playwright Neil Simon born
Actress-photographer Gina Lollobrigida born
Baseball owner George Steinbrenner born
Country singer Ray Pillow born
Baseball's "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig, said farewell to his fans at New York's Yankee Stadium.
Actress Karolyn Grimes born
Irving Berlin's musical review "This Is the Army" opened at the Broadway Theater in New York. Net profits of the show were $780,000.
TV talk show host Geraldo Rivera born
The Philippines became independent of US sovereignty.
Rock musician Domingo Ortiz (Widespread Panic) born
Rock musician Kirk Pengilly (INXS) born
America's 49-star flag, honoring Alaskan statehood, was officially unfurled.
Country musician Teddy Carr (Ricochet) born
America's 50-star flag, honoring Hawaiian statehood, was officially unfurled.
Rock D-J Zonka (Big Audio Dynamite) born
Tennis player Pam Shriver born
Rock musician Matt Malley (Counting Crows) born
President Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act, which went into effect the following year.
"American Top 40," hosted by Casey Kasem, was heard for the first time on radio.
Actress Jenica Bergere ("Men Behaving Badly") born
Israeli commandos raided Entebbe airport in Uganda rescuing almost all of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by pro-Palestinian hijackers.
Singer Stephen "Ste" McNally (BBMak) born
The space shuttle Columbia concluded its fourth and final test flight with a smooth landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
The Statue of Liberty's torch, symbol of freedom to tens of millions of new Americans for almost a century, was removed from the statue's outstretched hand to be replaced with a new one the following year.
An attempted coup began in the West African nation of Guinea; it was put down the following day.
More than 250 sailing ships and the United States' biggest fireworks display honored the Statue of Liberty in its 100th birthday year.
Klaus Barbie, the former Gestapo chief known as the "Butcher of Lyon," was convicted by a French court of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison (he died in September 1991).
Martina Navratilova won her eighth Wimbledon singles title as she defeated Steffi Graf.
Stefan Edberg outdueled Boris Becker to win his first Wimbledon title.
President Reagan called the shooting down of an Iranian passenger jet by the USS "Vincennes" the day before an "understandable accident" and "tragedy"; Ayatollah Khomeini vowed revenge.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev arrived in France for a three-day visit that included an address to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
During a break in the Soviet Communist Party congress in Moscow, President Mikhail S. Gorbachev promised to resign in two years if perestroika did not improve Soviet life by then.
Rioting that left three people dead erupted in 30 English towns following England's loss to West Germany in World Cup soccer.
Americans celebrated Independence Day, with the Persian Gulf War adding to emotions. President Bush and his wife, Barbara, attended festivities in Marshfield, Missouri, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, before returning to Washington DC for the annual fireworks display.
Steffi Graf won her fourth Wimbledon title, defeating Monica Seles in a five-and-a-half-hour match interrupted three times by rain.
Pete Sampras won the men's title at Wimbledon, defeating fellow American Jim Courier.
South African leaders F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela received the Liberty Medal in a ceremony outside Philadelphia's Independence Hall.
The United States opened its embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, with a Fourth of July party.
Rwandan Tutsi rebels seized control of most of the capital Kigali and continued advancing on areas held by the Hutu-led government.
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.
President Clinton extolled the joys of democracy and asked the nation to honor America's independence by praising continued free rule in Russia as he spoke during a jamboree honoring the 200th anniversary of Youngstown, Ohio.
CBS newsman Charles Kuralt died in New York at age 62.
NASA's Pathfinder spacecraft landed on Mars, inaugurating a new era in the search for life on the Red Planet.
Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic won the women's title at Wimbledon, defeating France's Nathalie Tauziat 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).
Japan launched its Planet-B probe to Mars, which is scheduled to begin beaming back photographs and data from the Red Planet in October 1999.
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, Ind. (Smith had been on a three-day rampage targeting minorities.) Pete Sampras and Lindsay Davenport won the singles titles at Wimbledon, defeating Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.
Tall ships sailed through New York Harbor during OpSail 2000, celebrating Independence Day.
Iraq's UN Envoy accuses U.S. Marines of 'cold blooded murder'
Russian astrologist sues NASA for Deep Impact test
NASA's Deep Impact probe strikes comet successfully
Ahmadinejad pictures: Iran Gov't denies hostage-taker allegations
Egyptian envoy's captors remain anonymous
Mediterranean Games close in Almeria
'Bad language' at Live 8 concerts trigger complaints to the BBC
Underwater volcano causes 3,300 ft column of steam
Nine hundred thousand Somalis face food crisis
TV channel does not hold exclusive trademark rights to the number 3, Stockholm court rules
Civilians dead following U.S. air strike on 'terrorist compound'
San Jose replaces Detroit as 10th-largest U.S. city
Speeches of Canada's PM Stephen Harper rank as top-downloaded podcasts
Report into whether Australian Big Brother breached online content laws to be handed down today
NASA to launch Discovery despite crack in insulation foam
Bird Flu kills 40th Indonesian
New Zealand diplomats: Fiat using Maori haka in television ad is insensitive
Heavy rains lash Mumbai, many parts of the city flooded
NSW fraud squad recognised in Singapore
Chinese media face fines for disaster reporting
Pirates attack UN ships in the Malacca Strait
Space Shuttle Discovery launches for mission STS-121
Switzerland accuses Israel of breaking international law in Gaza
Bomb scare in Dublin Airport
North Korea test-fires missiles
Italy score two late in Extra Time to advance to finals, hosts Germany to play in third place match
New 'clean water' funding for Djibouti's drought-stricken rural areas
African Union Summit ends in Accra
Number of private contractors killed in Iraq and Afghanistan passes 1,000
Anwar's lawsuit over gay slur by former Malaysian premier is dismissed
Hovind's 11th Circuit Court Appeal Denied
West Indies cricket team in England - 2nd ODI
UK threat level reduced to 'severe'
EU launches channel on YouTube
231st Independence Day celebrated in United States
BBC Reporter Alan Johnston is released in Gaza
Judge orders YouTube to hand over video view records
Former US Senator Jesse Helms dead at 86
Over 60 members of Chadian sect killed by troops after violence
Pakistani scientist says government knew about nuclear shipment to North Korea
Ãngrid Betancourt returns to France
Hot dog eating champion retains title after tiebreaker
Chinese Wikipedia unblocked by government
Threat received before Boeing 767 fire at San Francisco
Wife of British Prime Minister attends gay pride parade in London
Bulgarian officials in Grand Prix talks
Three new dinosaurs discovered in Australia
African Union refuses to arrest Sudan's President for war crimes
Gunmen abduct aid workers in Sudan
Rupert Grint, Harry Potter's "Ron Weasley", recovers from H1N1 swine flu virus
Russian police to 'check' officer allegedly involved in large theft and murder
Sailors freed after being captured in Nigeria
Paris court jails rioters for attempted murder of police
Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits east coast of Honshu, Japan
CPSC, ATF warn of dangers of fireworks over US Independence Day celebrations
Helicopter crash in Hong Kong injures thirteen
Hidden treasure worth billions of dollars discovered in Indian temple