History Quiz / On This Date: July 4

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Can you name the selected events that took place on July 4?

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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:1054
This city in Rhode Island forms.1636
The Second Continental Congress adopts this document on behalf of the thirteen American colonies of Great Britain.1776
The United States Military Academy opens in this New York fortification.1802
The purchase of this large territory is announced to the American people.1803
Born: Author of ''The Scarlet Letter'' (d. 1864).1804
Died: Second President of the United States (b. 1735).1826
Died: Third President of the United States (b. 1743).1826
Slavery is abolished in this state.1827
Died: Fifth President of the United States (b. 1758).1831
His ''My Country, 'Tis of Thee'' receives its first public performance during July 4th festivities in Boston.1831
He tells Alice Liddell a story that would grow into ''Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'' and its sequels.1862
Born: 30th President of the United States (d. 1933).1872
Born: American cartoonist of crazy contraptions (d. 1970).1883
The people of France offer this to the people of the United States.1886
This black boxer knocks out white boxer Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match, sparking race riots across the United States.1910
Bolsheviks kill this Tsar of Russia and his family (Julian calendar date).1918
Born: American playwright of ''The Odd Couple''.1927
Born: American businessman/Yankees owner/''Seinfeld'' character (d. 2010).1930
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.1939
Born: American peace activist, author of ''Born On The Fourth Of July''.1946
After 381 years of near-continuous colonial rule by various powers, this country attains full independence from the United States.1946
Born: English video game designer, AKA Lord British.1961
US president Lyndon B. Johnson signs this ''sunshine'' act into law. The act goes into effect the next year.1966
Born: Famed sign-language gorilla.1971
In France, this former Gestapo chief (AKA the ''Butcher of Lyon'') is convicted of crimes against humanity and is sentenced to life imprisonment.1987
Died: American oil-painting artist and PBS television host (b. 1942).1995
This NASA space probe lands on the surface of Mars. It is now known as the Sagan Memorial Station.1997
Died: American record producer/singer/songwriter with famously deep bass voice (b. 1944).2003

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