Daily Archives: July 4, 2016

Former U.S. President John Adams dies near Quincy, Massachusetts 190 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 4 1826)


Video: 'Disney The American Presidents: John Adams'

(Tuesday, July 4, 1826, 6:20 p.m. local time)John Adams, the third President of the United States (1801–1809), an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, died today at his home in Quincy, Massachusetts, of heart failure. Continue reading Former U.S. President John Adams dies near Quincy, Massachusetts 190 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 4 1826)

United States celebrates bicentennial 40 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (July 4 1976)


Video: 'America's Bicentennial' (5 videos)

(Sunday, July 4, 1976) — The United States celebrated the bicentennial of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence today with pageantry and prayer, with games and parades, with picnics and fireworks, with the peal of bells and the chant of protests.

President Gerald R. Ford made stops in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Independence Hall in Philadelphia and New York, where more than 200 ships paraded up the Hudson River in Operation Sail.

Former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson dies near Charlottesville, Virginia 190 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 4 1826)


Video: 'Thomas Jefferson - Mini Biography'

(Tuesday, July 4, 1826, 12:30 p.m. local time)Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States (1801–1809), an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, died today at his plantation estate Monticello near Charlottesville, Virginia, of diarrhea, toxemia from a kidney infection, uremia from kidney damage and pneumonia. Continue reading Former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson dies near Charlottesville, Virginia 190 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 4 1826)

President Johnson signs Freedom of Information Act 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (July 4 1966)


Video: 'Bill Moyers Essay: The Freedom of Information Act'

(Monday, July 4 1966) — President Lyndon B. Johnson today signed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a federal freedom of information law that allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States government, which went into effect the following year.

Declaration of Independence adopted by Second Continental Congress 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (July 4 1776)


Video: 'The Revolution: Declaring Independence' (July 4, 1776, at 26:00)

(Thursday, July 4, 1776; during the American Revolutionary War and the American Revolution) — The Continental Congress meeting at Philadelphia today ratified the Declaration of Independence, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer under British rule. Continue reading Declaration of Independence adopted by Second Continental Congress 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (July 4 1776)

The Beatles perform first of two shows in Manila 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 4 1966)


Video: 'The Beatles Live in Manila July 4 1966'

(Monday, July 4, 1966, 4:00 p.m. PHT) — The Beatles performed the first of two shows at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila, Philippines this afternoon on the second and last stop of the band’s Summer 1966 Asia Mini-Tour.

The Beatles played for a combined audience of 80,000 in attendance for the two shows (the second one at 8:30 p.m.), unmatched anywhere in the band’s touring history. Continue reading The Beatles perform first of two shows in Manila 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (July 4 1966)