The Cape Verde Islands, located off the coast of Africa, received their independence from Portugal on July 5, 1975. Major tropical storms often originate near these islands during the summer Atlantic hurricane season.
On the 9th of July, 1776, General George Washington ordered the Declaration of Independence to be read-aloud in New York. Continental Army members thereafter pulled-down a statue of King George III located on the Bowling Green.
Lady Jane Grey was the young dying Kingâ€™s choice (according to a document he signed) to take the throne of England. Protestant, like Edward VI, Jane did have a claim to be Queen. But, it was a weaker claim than Mary Tudorâ€™s (Henry VIIIâ€™s daughter).
Aaron Burr (sitting U.S. Vice President) and Alexander Hamilton (Americaâ€™s first Secretary of Treasury) despised each other. After a series of polite-but-pointed insults, they fought a duel on July 11, 1804. Hamilton died; Burr faced a murder charge.