1776: Father Francisco Palou founded Mission San Francisco de Asis in what is now San Francisco, Calif.
2007: Apple Inc. released its first mobile phone, the iPhone.
2015: Beijing Times reports 30% of the Great Wall of China has disappeared due to natural forces and stealing of bricks.
2016: Brad Treat, 38, a career law-enforcement officer with the U.S. Forest Service, died when a grizzly bear attacked him while he was riding a mountain bike on a trail near West Glacier, Mont.
1953: The first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Mich.
1987: The Royal Canadian Mint introduced the $1 coin, known as the Loonie.
1770: Lexell’s Comet passed closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history, approaching to a distance of 1.4 million miles.
1847: The first official U.S. postage stamps were issued.
1963: ZIP codes were introduced for U.S. mail.
1776: The Continental Congress adopted a resolution severing ties with the Kingdom of Great Britain although the wording of the formal Declaration of Independence is not approved until July 4.
1964: President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits segregation in public places.
1767: Norway’s oldest newspaper still in print, Adresseavisen, was founded and the first edition published.
1844: The last pair of Great Auks were killed.
2018: Cardi B becomes first female rapper to get two number one US Billboard hits, with “I Like It” with Bad Bunny and J Balvin.
1776: The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia.
1803: The Louisiana Purchase was announced.
1817: Construction of the Erie Canal began in Rome, N.Y.
1831: “My Country, ’Tis of Thee,” also known as “America,” by Samuel Francis Smith, was first performed for July 4th festivities in Boston. James Monroe, fifth U.S. president, died.
1960: Due to the post-Independence Day admission of Hawaii as the 50th U.S. state on Aug. 21, 1959, the 50-star flag of the United States debuted in Philadelphia almost 10½ months later. (The now-rare 49-star flag flew from July 4, 1959, until July 3, 1960.)
2003: Steve Muñiz, a co-founder of The Montanian newspaper along with David and Carol Latham, died of cancer in Reno, Nev., age 41.
1937: Spam, the canned meat, was introduced by the Hormel Foods Corporation.
ON THIS DAY… JUNE 29 – JULY 5
June 29- NATIONAL CAMERA DAYSmile! This day is to celebrate the fact that photography, once so complicated it took a scientist to understand, is now part of our everyday lives.
June 30- NATIONAL BOMB POP DAY With its iconic and immediately recognizable trio of colors-red, white, and blue, it was born at the outset of a period of patriotic frenzy in American history.
July 1- CANADA DAY
This day commemorates the anniversary of the Constitution Act, which consolidated three territories into the single nation of Canada, way back in 1867.
July 2- NATIONAL DISCO DAY
This day is a salute to all things disco, from the music and dancing to the entire culture of the 1970s.
July 3- NATIONAL
CHOCOLATE WAFER DAY On this day, you can allow yourself to indulge in this sinful treat without having to worry about the extra calories.
July 4- INDEPENDENCE DAY
Americans come together on July 4 to celebrate the nation’s birthday and Independence Day. Happy Fourth!
July 5 -NATIONAL BIKINI DAY
Grab your sunscreen, this day celebrates the anniversary of the invention of the two piece bathing suit!