• On June 29, 1613, the Globe Theatre, where most of Shakespeare’s plays debuted, burns down. The Globe was built by Shakespeare’s acting company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, in 1599 from the timbers of London’s very first permanent theater, Burbage’s Theater, built in 1576.
• On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress, assembled in Philadelphia, formally adopts Richard Henry Lee’s resolution for independence from Great Britain. The vote was unanimous, with only New York abstaining.
• On July 4, 1884, in a ceremony held in Paris, the completed Statue of Liberty is formally presented to the U.S. ambassador as a commemoration of the friendship between France and the United States. The statue was then disassembled and shipped to New York City, where it would be reconstructed in 1886.
• On June 30, 1936, Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind,” one of the best-selling novels of all time and the basis for a blockbuster 1939 movie, is published. Scarlett’s name was originally Pansy, but a change was requested by the publisher.
• On July 3, 1989, Martha Ann Johnson is arrested in Georgia for the 1982 murder of her oldest child after an Atlanta newspaper initiated a new investigation into the suspicious death. Her three other children had also mysteriously died. Johnson’s case sparked a trend in which authorities look closely into the sudden deaths of young children.
• On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson bites Evander Holyfield’s ear in the third round of their heavyweight rematch. Though Holyfield was in obvious pain, the fight resumed after a brief stoppage, and then Tyson bit Holyfield’s other ear. Tyson was disqualified from the match and later suspended from boxing.
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