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Notable Historical Events for July 4th

1862Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) creates Alice in Wonderland for Alice Liddell on a family boat trip on the river Isis (Thames) in Oxford

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

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

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

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

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

1960Mickey Mantle is 18th to hit 300 HRs

1785James Hutton, geologist, publicly reads an abstract of his theory of uniformitarianism for the first time at the meeting of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

193043rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Moody beats Elizabeth Ryan (6-2 6-2)

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

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Notable Birthdays on July 4th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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)

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

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Notable Deaths on July 4th

1840Karl Ferdinand von Graefe, German surgeon who helped create modern plastic surgery dies at 53

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

2003Barry White, American singer, dies at 58

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

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