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4 July, 1776: Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, adopted in Philadelphia.

1829: First scheduled bus service in Britain between Paddington and Bank of England.

1883: Statue of Liberty presented to United States by France.

1904: Work began on the Panama Canal.

1970: Margaret Court beat Billie Jean King 14-12, 11-9, the highest number of games played in a Wimbledon women's final.