This Day In History : July 4

1827 United States

Slavery is abolished in the State of New York

Slavery was abolished in the State of New York on July 4, 1827. This date marks an important milestone in the abolitionist movement in the United States and contributed to the gradual elimination of slavery across the country.

Also on This Day in History July 4

Discover what happened on July 4 with HISTORY's summaries of major events, anniversaries,
famous births and notable deaths.

Births on This Day, July 4
  • 1816 Hiram Walker

    American businessman who founded Canadian club whiskey

  • 1847 James Anthony Bailey

    American circus ringmaster ho co-founded Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

  • 1872 Calvin Coolidge

    American lawyer and politician who was the 30th President of the United States

  • 1906 Vincent Joseph Schaefer

    American chemist and meteorologist (cloud seeding)

  • 1950 Steven Sasson

    American inventor of the digital camera

Deaths on This Day, July 4
  • 1826 John Adams

    American politician and 2nd President of the United States

  • 1934 Marie Curie

    French-Polishphysicist and chemist

  • 1840 Karl Ferdinand von Graefe

    German surgeon who helped create modern plastic surgery

  • 1902 Swami Vivekananda

    Indian Hindu spiritual leader and a key figure in the introduction of Yoga to the Western world

  • 1910 Giovanni Schiaparelli

    Italian astronomer (discovered canals of Mars)


The Philippines attains full independence from the United States

The Philippines attained full independence from the United States on July 4, 1946. This date marks the end of a long process of colonization and occupation by the United States and the establishment of the Philippines as a sovereign nation.

The United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the 2nd Continental Congres

The United States Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. This historic document declared the thirteen American colonies' independence from British rule and laid out the principles of self-government and individual rights that would shape the United States' foundation.

1st US tariff act signed by President Washington

The first U.S. tariff act, officially titled "An Act to provide for the Collection of Duties on Imports," was signed into law by President George Washington on July 4, 1789. This act established the framework for the collection of duties on imported goods, marking an early step in the development of the United States' economic policies.

Statue of Liberty presented to US in Paris

The Statue of Liberty was presented to the United States in Paris on July 4, 1884. This iconic statue, designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, was a gift from the people of France to commemorate the centennial of American independence and to celebrate the friendship between the two nations.
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