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Saturday July 4, 2020

July 4: Day of the Week

July 4, 2020 was the 186th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 180 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.

If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Doyōbi.

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Here’s the July calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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Zodiac & Birthstone

Cancer is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Ruby is the modern birthstone for this month. Ruby is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

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July 4: This Day in History

The Aphelion, the point in the year when the Earth is farthest from the Sun, occurs around this date.

July 4 Historical Event(s)

  • 414
    Emperor Theodosius II, age 13, yields power to his older sister Aelia Pulcheria who reigns as regent and proclaimed herself empress (Augusta) of the Eastern Roman Empire.
  • 1054
    A supernova is seen by Chinese, Arab, and possibly Amerindian observers near the star Zeta Tauri. For several months it remains bright enough to be seen during the day. Its remnants form the Crab Nebula.
  • 1879
    Anglo-Zulu War: the Zululand capital of Ulundi is captured by British troops and burnt to the ground, thus, ending the war and forcing King Cetshwayo to flee.
  • 1892
    Western Samoa changes the International Date Line, so that year there were 367 days in this country, with two occurrences of Monday, July 4.
  • 1910
    African-American boxer Jack Johnson knocks out white boxer Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match sparking race riots across the United States.
  • 1927
    First flight of the Lockheed Vega.
  • 1950
    The first broadcast by Radio Free Europe.
  • 1982
    Iranian diplomats kidnapping (1982): four Iranian diplomats are kidnapped by Lebanese militia in Lebanon.
  • 1993
    Sumitomo Chemical’s resin plant in Nihama explodes killing one worker and injuring three others.
  • 2004
    The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Who were born on July 4?

  • 1867
    Stephen Mather, American entrepreneur and conservationist (d. 1930)
  • 1902
    Meyer Lansky, Russian-born American gangster (d. 1983)
  • 1916
    Iva Toguri D'Aquino, American World War II figure (d. 2006)
  • 1920
    Norm Drucker, American basketball referee
  • 1943
    Konrad “Conny” Bauer, German musician
  • 1948
    René Arnoux, French race car driver
  • 1954
    Jim Beattie, American baseball player
  • 1963
    William Ramallo, former Bolivian footballer
  • 1973
    Jan Magnussen, Danish racing driver
  • 1990
    Ihar Yasinski, Belarusian soccer player

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