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On This Day in History - 4th July

Birthdays

1804Nathaniel Hawthorne, American author
1807Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian soldier
1900Louis Armstrong, American jazz trumpeter
1927Neil Simon, American author
1927Gina Lollobrigida, Italian born film actress
1942Prince Michael of Kent
1950David Jenson, Radio DJ

Events

1776The United States adopted the Declaration of Independence
1829Britain's first regular bus service began running in London
1840Cunard began its Atlantic crossing service
1881Billy The Kid, the American outlaw, was shot and killed
1946The Philippine Islands were granted independence by the United States
1968Alec Rose reached Portsmouth after sailing around the world, single handed
1976Israeli forces mounted an attack on Entebee airport to free hostages
1981Riots between the police and youths took place in Toxteth
1986Miners in the South African diamond mines went on strike