Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/July 4

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This is a list of selected July 4 anniversaries that appear in the "On this day" section of the Main Page. To suggest a new item, in most cases, you can be bold and edit this page. Please read the selected anniversaries guidelines before making your edit. However, if your addition might be controversial or on a day that is or will soon be on the Main Page, please post your suggestion on the talk page instead.

Please note that the events listed on the Main Page are chosen based more on relative article quality and to maintain a mix of topics, not based solely on how important or significant their subjects are. Only four to five events are posted at a time and thus not everything that is "most important and significant" can be listed. In addition, an event is generally not posted this year if it is also the subject of the scheduled featured article or picture of the day.

To report an error when this appears on the Main Page, see Main Page errors. Please remember that this list defers to the supporting articles, so it is best to achieve consensus and make any necessary changes there first.

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Feast day of Ulrich of Augsburg (Roman Catholicism); refimprove section
1802 - In West Point, New York, the United States Military Academy began operations. featured on March 16
1862 – In a rowing boat on the River Thames from Oxford to Godstow, author Lewis Carroll told Alice Liddell and her sisters a story that would eventually form the basis for his book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. refimprove section
1894 – The Republic of Hawaiʻi was proclaimed at Aliʻiolani Hale in Honolulu, with Sanford B. Dole as the first president. refimprove section
1898 – The French ocean liner SS La Bourgogne collided another ship in dense fog near Sable Island and sank, resulting in 549 deaths, mostly passengers. refimprove
1943World War II: Fighting began in the Battle of Kursk, the largest full-scale battle in history as well as the largest series of armoured clashes. featured on August 23
2012CERN announced the discovery of the Higgs boson elementary particle after a 40-year search for its existence. Higgs boson: original research; Search: expansion


July 4: Perihelion of the Earth (11:35 UTC, 2020); Republic Day in the Philippines (1946); Independence Day in the United States (1776)

Brazilian cruiser Bahia
Brazilian cruiser Bahia

Elizabeth of Portugal (d. 1336) · John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (d. 1826) · Yonatan Netanyahu (d. 1976)

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