This 4th of July we won't only be celebrating our independence.
In 1892, Western Samoa (now Samoa) changed the International Date Line (resulting in two July 4ths that year). The Pacific island shifted time zones again 119 years later, in 2011. Would you want to celebrate the 4th of July twice?
In 1886, France offered the United States a gift; the Statue of Liberty. 123 years later, in 2009, the Statue of Liberty's crown was reopened to the public after being closed for 8 years due to security concerns after 9/11.
In 1865, Lewis Carroll published Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The tale would later inspire film, television, comic book, and theatrical adaptations. Despite rumors stipulating that Carroll was under the influence of drugs when he wrote the story, the Lewis Carroll Society of North America claims that he was not.
In 1827, slavery was abolished in the state of New York.
In 1802, the United States Military Academy opens in West Point, New York. The school, requiring a congressional nomination for acceptance, incorporates military discipline, training, and mandatory competitive sports participation in addition to academics. Upon graduation, the students (cadets) are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.
In 1997, NASA's Pathfinder landed on Mars. It would take photographs providing "unprecedented detail of the geology of the region and hardware on the surface," according to NASA.
In 1636, Providence, Rhode Island was founded. The capital of the smallest state would become the "Creative Capital" with a vibrant arts and culture scene as well as a top design school, a major culinary institute, and an Ivy League university.