Here are some one liners...
One Religion. One World. One Big Headache -- A Reform synagogue opens in Vienna. I talk about the social pressure on religions to conform to a single standard.
The 50th Independence Day -- John Adams and Thomas Jefferson die on the 4th of July.
An Early Texas Independence Day -- It is sometimes considered the beginning of the Texas Revolution.
In Other News -- The internal combustion engine, the audio meter, and the Eggnog Riot.
One Religion One World. One Big HeadacheYep. "We are the World" starts now. A Reform synagogue as been built in Vienna. These are the early days of the Jewish Reform Movement. (They are NOT like the modern day Reform Jews.) The city laws that once restricted Jews have been repealed and the Jewish community is grateful. Thus, when the City Temple (or synagogue) is opened, the rabbi allows a choir to sing just like the Christians do. The Reform Movement re-forms traditional Jewish Law into something better suited for modern social requirements. They move the Jewish services to Sunday and add an organ for music, but stay within a Jewish context (more-or-less). Enlightenment ideals are forcing society to tolerate differing groups by pressuring them to become more alike. In this context, religions must abandon certain aspects of their worship in order to build one religion, one nation, one people, one world. Unfortunately, this is causing a lot of push back and not only from Orthodox Jews. Christians are not liking the changes much either.     
The 50th Independence DayThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Even though we celebrate on July 4th when the document was ratified, there has always been controversy over which day to celebrate. Contrary to the famous picture depicting the Founding Fathers lining up to sign this founding document, not all the signers were present on the same day. Many of them signed on August 2nd. The Liberty Bell was rung on July 8th, but the actual vote for Independence was on July 2nd. John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail... 
- The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.
An Early Texas Independence DayThere have been more than 6 flags over Texas and this is one of them. The Fredonian Rebellion begins in Nacadoches (NAK-eh-DOH-chiss) led by Haden Edwards who has claimed land there as a LEGAL immigrant and now wants to rebel against Mexico. Edwards had won a contract to settle 800 new residents in the region, but a misunderstanding (perhaps intentional on Edwards' part) caused Edwards to disrupt the local residents already living there. He had no authority but he removed several local government officials and declared independence... all within a couple of months so you know he really thought it through. Right? The Republic of Freedonia will last for about a month until Stephen F. Austin (Yes. THAT Austin) rolls in with his troops and deposes Edwards. This incident forces the Mexican government to increase its troop presence in Tejas and to limit immigration. This has the added benefit of reducing Indian raids. Some historians point to the Fredonian Rebellion as the beginning of the Texas Revolution. 
In Other News
- The internal combustion engine is patented in the USA. The engine has unique features for the time such as a carburetor and values. 
- The galvanometer is invented. That is the needle on your audio meter that jumps back and forth as you are talking into the microphone. 
- One-third of West Point cadets are involved in the Eggnog Riot. A few enterprising cadets sneak whiskey into the eggnog on Christmas day with predictable results. One of the participants is a young Jefferson Davis who will become President of the Confederate States.