TODAY IN HISTORY - July 4th:

1776 - According to popular legend the Liberty Bell rings for the 2nd Continental Congress

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1776 - US congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Britain
1796 - 1st Independence Day celebration is held
1802 - US Military Academy officially opens (West Point, NY)
1845 - Texas Congress votes for annexation to US
1863 - General Lee's army withdraws from Gettysburg
1884 - Statue of Liberty presented to US in Paris
1939 - Yankees retire 1st uniform (Lou Gehrig #4), 1st Old Timers Day

HAPPY BIRTHDAY / ANNIVERSARY TO:

1946 - Ron Kovic, disabled vietnam vet (Born on 4th of July)
1997 - Actor Bill Murray (46) weds custome designer Jennifer Butler (30)
2004 - Hollywood star Julia Roberts (36) weds Danny Moder in Taos, New Mexico

GOODBYE TO:

1995 - Eva Gabor, actress (Green Acres), dies at 76
2003 - Barry White, American singer, dies at 58

For more historical events, visit:  www.historyorb.com/day/july/4

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