1954 UK Rationing Ends
4th July 1954 : Rationing of meat and bacon through the use of ration books ends bringing to an end rationing in Great Britain which had been in place for 14 years since the beginning of World War II.
During the war all kinds of goods were rationed including:
Sweets and chocolate
Canned and dried fruit
Plus for a long time fruit was unavailable due to problems in supply and took till the early 50's before fresh fruit was affordable and available.
1776 U.S.A. United States Declaration of Independence Signed
4th July 1776 : The United States Declaration of Independence Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson is adopted by the Continental Congress and signed by 56 delegates to the Continental Congress from the Thirteen British colonies established on the Atlantic coast of North America between 1607 and 1733.
1911 U.S.A. Deadly Heat Wave
4th July 1911 : Following a deadly heat wave in the northeastern United States including New York, Philadelphia and many other cities temperatures reached 106 degrees Fahrenheit in Nashua, New Hampshire. The heat wave caused the death of 380 people through heatstroke.
1932 U.S.A. Hours Cut To Save Jobs
4th July 1932 : The plan by many organizations, companies and Government Departments to cut the number of hours worked or days worked by those in current employment, this provides better chances for workers of staying employed and also should help with those seeking work in these testing times. Feelings are mixed with many of those in work concerned about the drop in wages but in general the plan is accepted as a way forward out of the current problems facing the country.
1946 Philippines Independence
4th July 1946 : The Philippines became a self-governing nation after 48 years of U.S. sovereignty
1959 U.S.A. 49 Stars American Flag
4th July 1959 : A 49th star is added to the American flag to represent the new state of Alaska
1960 U.S.A. 50 Stars
4th July 1960 : A 50th star is added to the American flag to represent the new state of Hawaii
1966 U.S.A. Subway Fares Increase To 20 cents
4th July 1966 : The New York Transit authority chose the holiday to increase it's minimum fares on Subway and Busses from 15 cents to 20 cents.
1968 UK Alec Rose Arrives Home
4th July 1968 : Alec Rose on his 36ft ketch 'Lively Lady' receives a hero's welcome as he sailed into Portsmouth Harbour after his 354-day round-the-world trip.
Unlike many of the earlier and later solo trips around the world Alec Rose did not have large corporate sponsors and had truly sailed round the world on his own. He was knighted the next day to become Sir Alec Rose for his achievement.
1969 U.S.A. Atlanta International Pop Festival
4th July 1969 : Atlanta International Pop Festival held at Atlanta International Raceway featuring some of the great names in music at the time including Janis Joplin, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Led Zeppelin attracts 100,000 even in temperatures nearing 100 degrees. The concert was billed as a great success with peace, harmony and great music .
1976 U.S.A. Celebrates 200th Birthday
4th July 1976 : The 200th birthday Bicentennial celebrations of the United States independence from British Rule.
1976 Uganda Israeli Commandos Rescue Hostages
4th July 1976 : Israeli commandos rescue 100 hostages held by pro-Palestinian hijackers at Entebbe airport in Uganda.
1984 U.S.A. Richard Petty
4th July 1984 : Richard Petty the king of stock car racing, won his 200th career victory at the Firecracker 400 race in Daytona, Florida,
1997 Space Pathfinder Lands On Mars
4th July 1997 : NASA's Mars Pathfinder becomes the first U.S. spacecraft after 20 years to land on Mars after traveling 120 million miles in seven months .
1998 U.S.A. Florida Fires
4th July 1998 : Forest fires are sweeping across Florida and are now threatening Daytona Beach and nearby Ormond Beach. So far during this emergency over 120,000 have been forced to leave their homes as the wind and lack of rain has fueled hundreds of fires many believed to have been started deliberatly.
1999 England Wimbledon
4th July 1999 : Pete Sampras wins in three straight sets beating Andre Agassi for his sixth Men's Wimbledon title in seven years and beating the previous record of Bjorn Borg.
1999 Afghanistan Osama bin Laden
4th July 1999 : Osama bin Laden who is on the FBI's "10 most wanted list" is now believed to have established his Al-Qaeda terrorist base in Afghanistan. He is wanted by the US on charges of international terrorism in connection with the 1998 bombing of American embassies in Africa and last year's attack on the USS Cole in Yemen.
Osama bin Laden has called for a holy war against the United States, saying it was the duty of Muslims to free their land of American occupation.
This was 2 years before his involvement in the 9/11 suicide attacks by al-Qaeda members upon the United States.
2005 Scotland Climate change and Africa on Agenda at G8 Summit
4th July 2005 : Prior to the meeting later this week of the G8 nations President George W Bush has again said the United States will not support a Kyoto-style agreement on legally binding reductions on carbon emissions. Without US commitment it is unlikely carbon emmission by other nations will have the impact many hope for. Even members of his own party including Senator John McCain has called the president's approach on the issue "disgraceful".
The other area of major discussion will be Common Agricultural Policy by Europe and farm subsidies in the United States which unfairly distort the world market faced by African farmers.
This Day In History For Tomorrow July 5th Day After July 6th Or You Can Use Our Calendar at the top of the page to find the day or month you are looking for
U.S.A. 2006 U.S.A. Discovery Launch
4th July 2006 : The shuttle Discovery launched from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center and was bound for the International Space Station with seven astronauts aboard. This was the second space shuttle to launch after the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003.
Afghanistan 2006 Afghanistan Taleban Attacks
4th July 2006 : Five Afghan civilians were killed by suspected Taleban militants. The victims were workers at a United States military base in the Kunar province in Eastern Afghanistan. There were also two explosions in Kabul, injuring at least seven people.
Taiwan 2008 Taiwan First Flight Taiwan to China
4th July 2008 : After six decades, the first direct flight that is to become a regular
occurrence took place between China and Taiwan. Taiwan and China broke political ties
1949 when the two took on separate governments. The regular flights were expected to
boost tourism in both countries.
North Korea 2009 North Korea Tests Seven Ballistic Missiles
4th July 2009 : North Korea tested seven ballistic missiles over the Sea of Japan, in defiance of UN sanctions that banned any activities involving ballistic missiles in the country. The tests were thought to be a protest against the United States as they took place on the United States independence day.
Germany 2011 Germany The Last Heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire Dies
4th July, 2011 : Otto von Habsburg, the oldest son of the last ruler of the Austro-Hungarian empire and the only remaining heir, died at the age of ninety-eight in Germany. Habsburg had served in the European parliament for twenty years and had been a proponent of European unity. Habsburg officially relinquished his rights to the empire in 1961 and was allowed to return to Austria in 1966 for the first time since his family fled in 1919. Habsburg had also been against the Nazi annexation of Austria during World War II and had spoken out against it in 1938.
Switzerland 2012 Switzerland Cern Scientists Announce Higgs Boson-like Discovery
4th July, 2012 : Scientists at the Cern laboratories announced the discovery of a boson that is thought to be similar to the illusive Higgs boson (a particle that would help explain how matter gets its mass) through the use of the Large Hadron Collider. Much more research would need to be conducted in order to be more certain of their discovery, however they were able to say with some confidence that the particle may be related the the Higgs boson.
Toguri, July 4th, 1916, Los Angeles, California
Known For :
A Japanese-American eho broadcast the the U.S. troops in World War Two. Post-war
she was convicted of treason and served six years in a Federal Reformatory
for Women in West Virginia.
Having graduated from U.C.L.A. she had gone to Japan in 1941 because of family
illness (although other sources clain this was to study medicine). With the
attack on Pearl Harbour she was unable to return to U.S. and was employed
by Radio Japan. Her broadcasts were used for propaganda reasons as well as
domestic fare. They were typically listened to with a degree of scepticism.
To Find Out More About our Featured Year 1934 including prices, pop culture, events in history, technology and some more related video's