Today In History July 4

Today In History July 4

Time in history is a kind of relationship. We can look at several historical events that all happened at the same time, and that together tell a story about that period or era. Or we can look at the development of an idea over the period, and learn how and why it changed. And we can consider the relationship between the past and the present, or the future and therefore the past (which is today!). The present is the result of choices that we made and the beliefs they held in the past, while the past, in being retold, is in some way remade in the present. The future will be the result of the coming together of several areas developing today.

Let’s take a look at what happened in world history on July 4:

Today’s Highlight in History:

On July 4th, 1826, 50 years to the day after the Declaration of Independence was adopted, former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died.

1954: UK Rationing Ends

Rationing of meat and bacon through the use of ration books ends bringing to an end rationing in Great Britain which had been in place for 14 years since the beginning of World War II. During the war, all kinds of goods were rationed including All Meats Butter Sugar Sweets and chocolate Clothes Canned and dried fruit Chocolate biscuits Jelly Mincemeat. Petrol Plus for a long time fruit was not available due to problems in supply and took till the early 1950s before fresh fruit was affordable and available.

1932: U.S.A. Hours Cut To Save Jobs

The plan by many organizations, companies, and Government Departments to cut the number of hours worked or days worked by those in current employment, this provides better chances for workers of staying employed and also should help with those seeking work in these testing times. Feelings are mixed with many of those in work concerned about the drop in wages but in general, the plan is accepted as a way forward out of the current problems facing the country.

1999: Afghanistan Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden who is on the FBI’s “10 most wanted list” is now believed to have established his Al-Qaeda terrorist base in Afghanistan. He is wanted by the US on charges of international terrorism in connection with the 1998 bombing of American embassies in Africa and last year’s attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. Osama bin Laden has called for a holy war against the United States, saying it was the duty of Muslims to free their land of the American occupation. This was 2 years before his involvement in the 9/11 suicide attacks by al-Qaeda members upon the United States.