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7 Other Things That Happened on the 4th of July

Happy birthday, Hotmail!
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2017 4:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – If you don't feel like celebrating Independence Day this year, Ranker has a list of more than 30 other things that also happened on July 4. A sampling:

  • Slavery was abolished in New York. The children born to slaves in the state were freed on July 4 in 1799; by July 4, 1827, all slaves in the state were freed.
  • The Philippines gained independence from the US. The Treaty of Manila was signed between the US and the Philippines on July 4 in 1946.
  • Hotmail was born. On July 4, 1996, with the announcement, "Happy Independence Day. In return, we are going to give you a great new way to get email. It’s called Hotmail. Be free from your internet service provider!"

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  • Walt Whitman published Leaves of Grass. The first edition came out on July 4, 1855.
  • Construction began on the Erie Canal. Construction began on the nearly 400-mile water route on July 4 in 1817 in Rome, New York.
  • The Republic of Hawaii was born. On July 4, 1894; just four years later it was annexed by the US.
  • The US got the Statue of Liberty. France gave it as a gift on July 4 in 1884.
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