July 4, 1776
A group of wealthy, land-owning, tax-hating residents of a collective of British colonies declare their independence from the throne by signing a document that states "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness," thus setting the stage for the greatest Broadway musical ever written about haggling over the particulars of a non-binding document.
July 4, 2012
The first-ever web-based television network named after and loosely affiliated with a failed presidential candidate/pizza magnate, CainTV, is launched! (Also, something or other about a Higgs boson particle.)
July 4, 1939
Baseball legend Lou Gehrig announces to the crowd at Yankee Stadium that he is the luckiest luckiest luckiest… man man man… on the face face face… of the earth earth earth…
July 4, 1990
Put-upon family-loving cop John McClane returns to the screen as Die Hard 2: Die Harder is released to theaters across the country.
July 4, 1715
Christian Fürchtegott Gellert — poet and progenitor of the golden age of German literature – is born.
July 4, 1996
U.S. President Thomas J. Whitmore pilots a fighter jet and leads a successful attack against an invading intergalactic vessel, striking the first major blow in the human race's battle for independence from a hostile alien species.
July 4, 1984
The Blasters — a supergroup consisting of master air-guitarist Dennis "The Claw" DiClaudio and his younger brother and cousin — are named "Rising Star" and "This Year's Elvis" by the prestigious Rock Magazine.
Lou Gehrig photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images
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