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NOT American History
A supernova is seen by Chinese, Arab, and possibly Amerindian observers near the star Zeta Tauri; it stays visible even in daylight for several months. Its remnants are now called:
This city in Rhode Island forms.
The Second Continental Congress adopts this document on behalf of the thirteen American colonies of Great Britain.
The United States Military Academy opens in this New York fortification.
The purchase of this large territory is announced to the American people.
Born: Author of ''The Scarlet Letter'' (d. 1864).
Died: Second President of the United States (b. 1735).
Died: Third President of the United States (b. 1743).
Slavery is abolished in this state.
Died: Fifth President of the United States (b. 1758).
His ''My Country, 'Tis of Thee'' receives its first public performance during July 4th festivities in Boston.
He tells Alice Liddell a story that would grow into ''Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'' and its sequels.
Born: 30th President of the United States (d. 1933).
Born: American cartoonist of crazy contraptions (d. 1970).
The people of France offer this to the people of the United States.
This black boxer knocks out white boxer Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match, sparking race riots across the United States.
Bolsheviks kill this Tsar of Russia and his family (Julian calendar date).
Born: American playwright of ''The Odd Couple''.
Born: American businessman/Yankees owner/''Seinfeld'' character (d. 2010).
This baseball star, diagnosed with ALS, tells a crowd at Yankee Stadium that he considers himself ''The luckiest man on the face of the earth'' as he announces his retirement.
Born: American peace activist, author of ''Born On The Fourth Of July''.
After 381 years of near-continuous colonial rule by various powers, this country attains full independence from the United States.
Born: English video game designer, AKA Lord British.
US president Lyndon B. Johnson signs this ''sunshine'' act into law. The act goes into effect the next year.
Born: Famed sign-language gorilla.
In France, this former Gestapo chief (AKA the ''Butcher of Lyon'') is convicted of crimes against humanity and is sentenced to life imprisonment.
Died: American oil-painting artist and PBS television host (b. 1942).
This NASA space probe lands on the surface of Mars. It is now known as the Sagan Memorial Station.
Died: American record producer/singer/songwriter with famously deep bass voice (b. 1944).
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