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.
1995: Bob Ross, best known as the creator and host of the PBS show "The Joy of Painting," dies from lymphoma at age 52 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He became famous for his iconic permed hair, quick-painting technique and catchphrases such as "happy little trees."
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