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 - George Steinbrenner
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1930: George Steinbrenner, who would go on to own the New York Yankees, is born in Rocky River, Ohio. During Steinbrenner's 37-year ownership from 1973 to his death in July 2010, the Yankees earned seven World Series titles and 11 pennants. His outspokenness and role in driving up player salaries made him one of the sport's most controversial figures.

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