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Notable Historical Events for July 4th

1901William Howard Taft, a former Federal judge, is installed as first governor-general of the Philippines and declares amnesty for all insurgents who take an oath of allegiance

1980Nolan Ryan is 4th to strikeout 3,000

1939Yankees retire 1st uniform (Lou Gehrig #4), 1st Old Timers Day

198296th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jimmy Connors beats John McEnroe (3-6 6-3 6-7 7-6 6-4)

2010124th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rafael Nadal beats Tomáš Berdych (6-3 7-5 6-4)

2004118th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Andy Roddick (4-6 7-5 7-6 6-4)

1966LBJ signs Freedom of Information Act

1863General Lee's army withdraws from Gettysburg

1999106th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lindsay Davenport beats Steffi Graf (6-4 7-5)

1969140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep & Janis Joplin

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Notable Birthdays on July 4th

1902Meyer Lansky, Grodno, Russian-American mobster (Started numbers)

1826Stephen Foster, Lawrenceville Pennsylvania, American composer (Oh! Susanna, Swanee River)

1910Gloria Stuart, Santa Monica California, actress (Rose-Titanic)/founder (Screen Actors Guild), (d. 2010)

1930George Steinbrenner, Rocky River Ohio, owner (NY Yankees)/ship builder/horse owner, (d. 2010)

1883Rube Goldberg, San Francisco California, cartoonist (who made the easy outrageously difficult) Pulitzer Prize 1948

1902George Murphy, New Haven Ct, (Sen-R-California)/actor/dancer (MGM Parade)

1927Neil Simon, Bronx, playwright (Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Biloxi Blues)

1872Calvin Coolidge, [Silent Cal], Plymouth Notch Vermont, (R) 30th US President (1923-29), (d. 1933)

1963Henri Leconte, Lillers France, tennis player (French finalist 1988)

1929Al Davis, Brocton Mass, American businessman and NFL team owner (Oakland Raiders)

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Notable Weddings on July 4th

1999Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star player David Beckham (24) weds Spice Girls singer Victoria Adams (25) at the 560-acre Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin, Ireland

2013Singer Tina Turner (73) weds music executive Erwin Bach (57) in Kusnacht, Switzerland

2002Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts (34) weds L.A. cameraman Danny Moder (33) at her 82-acre ranch in Taos, New Mexico

1974Singer Barry White (29) weds R&B singer Glodean James at a private ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada

1997Actor Bill Murray (46) weds costume designer Jennifer Butler (30)

1925American writer ("Gone with the Wind") Margaret Mitchell (24) marries 2nd husband John Marsh (29)

2004Hollywood star Julia Roberts (36) weds Danny Moder in Taos, New Mexico

1931Irish writer (Ulysses) James Joyce and Nora Barnacle finally marry in London registry office after meeting in 1904.

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Notable Deaths on July 4th

1826Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President (1801-09), dies at 83

2003Barry White, American singer, dies at 58

1826John Adams, 2nd US President (1797-1801), dies at 90

1831James Monroe, 5th US president (1817-25), dies of heart failure and tuberculosis at 73

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