On this day: July 4

Published On: Jun 27 2012 04:29:44 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 04 2016 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 - Prescott rodeo
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Barry Hart via WorldsOldestRodeo.com

1888: The first professional rodeo in America is held in Prescott, Arizona. The rodeo continues to this day, billing itself as the "World's Oldest Rodeo," as seen in this 2010 photo.

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