The United States declares its independence, an "Iron Horse" retires, the Beach Boys hit No. 1 for the first time, and we lose three presidents, all on this day.
2009: Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair, who spent the majority of his career with the Tennessee Titans, is fatally shot by his mistress, Sahel Kazemi, in a murder–suicide in Nashville, Tennessee. McNair, who was 36 years old, led the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 and was named NFL MVP in 2003. He had retired following the 2007 after 13 NFL seasons.
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