CMN Almanac

Today is Wednesday, July 4th, the 185th day of the year.  There are 180

Bill Withers

Bill Withers

days remaining until the end of the year.  The Aphelion, the point in the

year when the Earth is farthest from the Sun, occurs around this date.

HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES National Hot Dog Month,

National Ice Cream Month, National Blueberry Month, National

Country Music Day, Independence Day

Horace & Harvey Grant

Horace & Harvey Grant

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Bill Withers, 80, singer/songwriter

Floyd Little, 76, football legend

Emerson Boozer, 75, football player

Ralph Johnson, 67, drummer (Earth, Wind & Fire)

Harvey Grant, 53, basketball player

Melanie Fiona

Melanie Fiona

Horace Grant, 53, basketball player

Melanie Fiona, 34, singer

Malia Obama, 20, Pres. Obama’s daughter

HISTORIC BIRTHDAYS

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, 118, jazz pioneer (d. 1971)

Malia Obama

Malia Obama

DEATHS

John Adams, 1826, Founding Father, 2nd Pres. of the U.S. (b. 1735)

Thomas Jefferson, 1826, Founding Father, 3rd Pres. of the U.S. (b. 1743)

James Monroe, 1831, 5th Pres. of the U.S. (b. 1768)

Benjamin O. Davis Jr., 2002, Air Force general (b. 1912)

Barry White, 2003, singer/songwriter/producer (b. 1944)

John Adams

John Adams

Bill Pinkney, 2007, singer (b. 1925)

Steve McNair, 2009, football player (b. 1973)

ON THIS DATE IN..

1776 – The Liberty Bell rings, the United States Declaration of

Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress.

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

1796 – 1st Independence Day celebration is held.

1827 – Slavery is abolished in New York State.

1831 – Samuel Francis Smith writes “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” for

Boston July 4th festivities.

1875 – White Democrats kill several Blacks in terrorist attacks in

Vicksburg, Miss.

1881 – Booker T. Washington opens Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

Barry White

Barry White

1886 – The people of France offer the Statue of Liberty to the people

of the United States.

1910 – Black boxer, Jack Johnson knocks out White boxer, Jim Jeffries

in a heavyweight boxing match, sparking race riots across the U.S.

1990 – 2 Live Crew releases, “Banned In The USA”, the lyrics quote

the Star Spangled Banner and the Gettysburg Address.

1991 – National Civil Rights Museum opens in Memphis, Tenn.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

1993 – Pillar Fort crowned 25th Miss Black America.

2004 – The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid at the site of the

World Trade Center in New Your City.

2009 – The Statue of Liberty’s crown reopens to the public after eight

years of closure due to security concerns following the Sept. 11 attacks.

HOROSCOPE

Although slightly reserved, you will be happiest in a career that is people oriented. Sales, business, or even politics would all be suitable career paths. If you are more inclined towards artistic expression, a career in entertainment may be rewarding. Look to the ambitious personality of Geraldo Rivera, who was also born on July 4th, for encouragement. Whatever you choose, let your personality shine, similarly to that of Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, another of your birthday twins.

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