BONSERNEWS.com – Every second, minute, hour from day to day, events always occur in this world. Some are recorded, some are not recorded. Part of what was recorded later became part of world history.
Here are seven important events that occurred on July 1:
1. July 1, 1776
United States Declaration of Independence – On July 1, 1776, the Board of the Continental Congress adopted the Resolution of Independence, which later became the basis for the writing and adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence on July 4.
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2. July 1, 1867
Confederation of Canada – On July 1, 1867, the three Canadian provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Province of Canada) joined to form the Confederation of Canada. This date was later adopted as Canada Day.
3. July 1, 1916
The Battle of the Somme begins – On July 1, 1916, during World War I, the Battle of the Somme begins between British and Commonwealth forces against German forces. This battle lasted 141 days and became one of the bloodiest battles in history.
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4. July 1, 1942
The Battle of El Alamein begins – On July 1, 1942, during World War II, the Battle of El Alamein begins between Allied forces led by General Bernard Montgomery and Axis forces led by General Erwin Rommel in North Africa. This battle was a turning point in the North African campaign.
5. July 1, 1997
Handover of Hong Kong to China – On July 1, 1997, Britain handed over sovereignty of Hong Kong to China in a ceremony attended by international leaders. This surrender marked the end of British colonial rule which lasted for 156 years in Hong Kong.