More Than Just American Independence Happened On July 4th

July 3, 2019

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July 4, 1776 is the day we celebrate every year as the day we declared our independence from Mother England and the birth of the United States of America. Beyond the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on this date, there were other significant events that happened on July 4th. Probably the most noteworthy were two of the Founding Fathers died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826.  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, America's second and third presidents, respectively, had a love-hate relationship. Adams's last words were supposedly, "Thomas Jefferson survives." (He didn't know that Jefferson had passed away a few hours earlier.) Exactly five years later, on July 4, 1831, fifth U.S. President James Monroe died in New York City. On July 4, 1862, little Alice Liddell listened to a story told by Lewis Carroll during a boat trip on the Thames ... it would later become, of course, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It was published exactly three years later—on July 4, 1865. On July 4, 1918, twin sisters Esther Pauline and Pauline Esther Friedman were born, better known as Ann Landers and Dear Abby. On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig gave his famous retirement speech at Yankee Stadium after being diagnosed with ALS. He tells the crowd that he considers himself "the luckiest man on the face of the earth." On July 4, 1971, Koko, the sign-language gorilla, was born (and died June 19, 2018). And on July 4, 1995, we lost famed artist, Bob Ross and all over the world, Happy Little Trees were a little less happy. Although we celebrate on the 4th of July, the vote for actual independence took place on July 2nd. So perhaps our celebration should be a couple of day earlier!

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SOURCE: Mental Floss

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