spotlight Highlights from history: July 4 Jul 4, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1776: Declaration of Independence In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. AP 1817: Erie Canal In 1817, ground was broken for the Erie Canal in Rome, New York. The middle section of the waterway took three years to complete; the entire canal was finished in 1825. AP 1831: James Monroe In 1831, the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, died in New York City at age 73. AP 1872: Calvin Coolidge In 1872, the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, was born in Plymouth, Vermont. AP 1939: Lou Gehrig In 1939, Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees delivered his famous farewell speech in which he called himself "the luckiest man on the face of the earth." AP 1982: Ozzy Osbourne & Sharon Arden In 1982, heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne married his manager, Sharon Arden, in Maui, Hawaii. AP 1982: Space Shuttle Columbia In 1982, the space shuttle Columbia concluded its fourth and final test flight with a smooth landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California. AP 1987: Klaus Barbie In 1987, Klaus Barbie, the former Gestapo chief known as the "Butcher of Lyon", was convicted by a French court of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison (he died in September 1991). AP 1997: Mars Pathfinder In 1997, NASA's Pathfinder spacecraft landed on Mars, inaugurating a new era in the search for life on the red planet. AP 2009: North Korea Missile Ten years ago: North Korea launched seven ballistic missiles into waters off its east coast. AP 2009: Statue of Liberty Ten years ago: The Statue of Liberty's crown was reopened to tourists for the first time since September 11, 2001. AP 2009: Steve McNair Ten years ago: Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair was fatally shot in a Nashville condo by his mistress, Sahel Kazemi, who then killed herself. AP 2009: Wimbledon Ten years ago: Serena Williams beat her big sister, Venus, 7-6 (3), 6-2 for her third Wimbledon title and 11th Grand Slam championship. AP 2013: Adly Mansour In 2013, Egypt's interim president, Adly Mansour, was sworn in following the ouster of Mohammed Morsi, the Islamist leader overthrown by the military after just one year in office. AP 2014: Richard Mellon Five years ago: Richard Mellon Scaife, 82, the billionaire heir to the Mellon banking and oil fortunes and a newspaper publisher who funded libertarian and conservative causes and various projects aimed at discrediting President Bill Clinton, died in Pittsburgh. AP 2017: North Korea-Diplomacy In 2017, the United States confirmed that North Korea had launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, as the North had boasted and the U.S. and South Korea had feared. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called it a "new escalation of the threat" to the U.S. AP 2018: Britain Novichok One year ago: British police said two Britons who fell critically ill in the town of Amesbury were exposed to nerve agent Novichok, the same material used to poison a former Russian spy in a nearby area months earlier. AP 2018: Statue of Liberty Arrests One year ago: A protest against U.S. immigration policy forced the evacuation of the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July, with a group unfurling a banner from the pedestal and a woman holding police at bay for hours after she climbed the base. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight AP How much do you know about Halloween? promotion spotlight AP Could you pass a US civics test?