The Quick 10: 10 Other Things That Happened on July 4

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Of course we know that July 4 is Independence Day in the U.S. But lots of other things have happened on that date as well. Here are just a few:

10 Other Things That Happened on July 4

1. 1636 "“ The city of Providence, Rhode Island was formed.
2. 1826 "“ Second U.S. President John Adams and third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson both die. They had a love-hate relationship, and Adams' last words were supposedly, "Thomas Jefferson survives"¦", not knowing that Jefferson had passed away a few hours earlier. Exactly five years later, fifth U.S. President James Monroe dies.
3. 1845 - Near Concord, Mass., Henry David Thoreau starts his two-year living experiment at Walden Pond.
4. 1862 "“ Little Alice Liddell sits down to listen to a story told by Lewis Carroll... it would later become, of course, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It was published exactly three years later "“ July 4, 1865.
5. 1918 - Twin sisters Esther Pauline and Pauline Esther Friedman are born"¦ AKA Ann Landers and Dear Abby.
6. 1930 "“ George Steinbrenner is born (and presumably fired the doctor immediately).
7. 1939 "“ Lou Gehrig gives 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."
8. 1968 "“ The Zodiac Killer takes his first victims (that we know of) at Lake Herman Road in California.
9. 1971 "“ Koko, the sign-language gorilla is born.
10. 1995 "“ Bob Ross dies, and all over the world, Happy Little Trees are a little less happy.

July 4, 2008 - 9:07am
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