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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
- American Declaration of Independence, 1776.
Historical News on July 04
Billy The Kid Shot Dead
1881 Notorious outlaw William H. Bonney, better known as Billy the Kid, was shot dead today by lawman Pat Garrett as he tried to escape custody.
Bonney, aged 22, was under sentence of death for the murder of a sheriff but escaped while in custody killing two guards in his bid for freedom.
He was recaptured and shot while trying to escape again.
A native of New York, Bonney is reputed to have killed his first man before he reached his teens, becoming a legend in his own time with his daring hold-ups and robberies in the southwestern states.
Congress Accepts Declaration of Independence
1776 In a historic session today the Continental Congress accepted, with minor amendments, the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson under the instructions of a five-member committee.
Although Congress voted on July 2 to declare independence, the declaration passed today formally severs American links with Britain.
It has come about largely as a result of the War of Independence, which has raged for over a year.
The document will be sent to King George III.
Dempsey is New Heavyweight Champ
1919 Boxing history was made today as Jack Dempsey beat Jess Willard in three rounds to win the World Heavyweight title.
In front of a record crowd of 40,000 in Toledo, Ohio, Dempsey took control of the match, knocking Willard down seven times in the first round alone, after three rounds the fight was stopped.
Hostage Ordeal Ends as Israeli Commandos Swoop
1976 While the rest of the world still debates the best course of action, a crack force of Israeli commandos has just made a daring midnight raid of Entebbe airport, ending this eight-day nightmare.
In a dramatic swoop, 200 commandos have freed all but three of the 98 hostages who have been held there by Palestinian terrorists since June 27.
The commandos arrived at the airfield in three Hercules C-130 transport planes and took just 53 minutes to complete their mission, overcoming airport guards and killing seven terrorists in the process.
The hostage drama began when Palestinian terrorists hijacked an Air France A 300-B airbus shortly after take-off from Athens airport and demanded to be flown to Uganda.
The passengers, a mix of Israeli and other nationalities, have been the pawns in an international drama that happily has ended in their favor.
Overjoyed that their nightmare is over, they have been flown back to Israel.
1826 American has lost two of its founding fathers today as Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the anniversary of the acceptance by Congress of their historic Declaration of Independence.
Both men were part of the five-member committee which drafted the original declaration.
Suffragette Appears in Trousers
1853 Controversial and outspoken suffragette Amelia Jenks Bloomer shocked her audience in Connecticut today by appearing in trousers while she delivered a speech denouncing the requirement that women should cover their legs.
Mrs. Bloomer has been appearing in this attire, a knee-length skirt combined with loose trousers bound in at the ankle and dubbed “bloomers” since 1849 as a form of protest.
The issues of women’s rights in general and the issue of dress reform, in particular, are ones that Mrs. Blommer holds dear.
She is the publisher of a reforming magazine titled The Lily and has shared a lecture platform in New York with Susan B. Anthony, The well-known campaigner for women’s suffrage.