July 4, 1776 – United States declares independence

July 4, 1776 – United States declares independence

After a decade of economic conflict with Great Britain, the 13 colonies answer King George III’s flat refusal of political reform with a call for revolution.

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July 4, 1954 – The Clash play their first live gig

July 4, 1954 – The Clash play their first live gig

Formed as the first shots of the punk revolution were being fired, The Clash storm onto the UK scene with their debut performance on the Fourth of July, 1976, at The Black Swan in Sheffield, England, as the opening act for The Sex Pistols.

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July 4, 1943 – Polish general fighting for justice dies tragically

July 4, 1943 – Polish general fighting for justice dies tragically

On this day in 1943, Polish General Wladyslaw Sikorski dies when his plane crashes less than a mile from its takeoff point at Gibraltar.

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