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Notable Historical Events for July 4th

1855In Brooklyn, New York, the first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, titled Leaves of Grass, is published.

1932Bradman scores 260, a North American record, v Western Ontario

198195th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg (4-6 7-6 7-6 6-4)

1754George Washington gives Ft Necessity to France

2010117th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Vera Zvonareva (6-3 6-2)

2004111th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Maria Sharapova beats Serena Williams (6-1 6-4)

1983NY Yankee Dave Righetti no-hits the Red Sox

1970Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" debuts on LA radio

198794th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Steffi Graf (7-5 6-3)

1993107th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Courier (76 76 36 63)

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Notable Birthdays on July 4th

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

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

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

1804Nathaniel Hawthorne, Salem Massachusetts, author (House of 7 Gables, Scarlet Letter)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on July 4th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notable Deaths on July 4th

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

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

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

2003Barry White, American singer, dies at 58

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