On this day: July 4

Published On: Jun 27 2012 04:29:44 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 04 2014 01:00:00 AM CDT

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.

July 4 OTD - Barry White
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2003: Soul singer Barry White, known for his distinctive bass voice and romantic image on such songs as "You're the First, the Last, My Everything" and "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe," dies of renal failure at age 58 in Los Angeles, California.

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