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.
1929: Al Davis, the principal owner of the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders of the National Football League from 1972 to 2011, is born in Brockton, Massachusetts. During his time as owner, the Raiders won three Super Bowl titles. Davis also coached the Raiders for three years and served as the team's general manager. He was also briefly the commissioner of the American Football League in 1966 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. He died at the age of 82 on Oct. 8, 2011, from an abnormal heart rhythm, congestive heart failure and a heart muscle disease.
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