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Notable Historical Events for July 4th

1999106th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lindsay Davenport beats Steffi Graf (6-4 7-5)

195966th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Fraser beats Darlene Hard (6-4 6-3)

198914 year old actress Drew Barrymore, attempts suicide

1907Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

1988102nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg beats Boris Becker (46 76 64 62)

19606th LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright

1881Booker T. Washington establishes Tuskegee Institute (Alabama)

1919Jack Dempsey KOs Jess Willard in Cuba for heavyweight championship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1930George Steinbrenner, Rocky River Ohio, owner (NY Yankees)/ship builder/horse owner, (d. 2010)

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

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

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

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Notable Weddings on July 4th

1974Singer Barry White (29) weds R&B singer Glodean James at a private ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada

2013Singer Tina Turner (73) weds music executive Erwin Bach (57) in Kusnacht, Switzerland

1997Actor Bill Murray (46) weds costume designer Jennifer Butler (30)

2002Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts (34) weds L.A. cameraman Danny Moder (33) at her 82-acre ranch in Taos, New Mexico

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

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.

2004Hollywood star Julia Roberts (36) weds Danny Moder in Taos, New Mexico

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Notable Deaths on July 4th

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

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

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

2003Barry White, American singer, dies at 58

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