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.
1826: Thomas Jefferson (left), the third U.S. president, dies the same day as John Adams (right), the second U.S. president, on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence. Jefferson, 83, died a few minutes before 1 a.m. in Charlottesville, Virginia, while Adams, 90, died in Quincy, Massachusetts, a few hours later.
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