Today in History
Today in History: Saturday, July  04, 2015
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On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.
 
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1802The U.S. Military Academy opened at West Point, N.Y.
1804Author Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Mass.
1826Death claimed the second and third presidents of the United States: John Adams died at age 90 in Braintree, Mass., while Thomas Jefferson died at 83 at Monticello, his home near Charlottesville, Va.
1831James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, died at age 73 in New York City.
1845American writer Henry David Thoreau began a two-year experiment in simple living at Walden Pond near Concord, Mass.
1872Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president of the United States, was born in Plymouth, Vt.
1939Baseball player Lou Gehrig, afflicted with a fatal illness, bid a tearful farewell at Yankee Stadium in New York, telling fans, "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth."
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1946The Philippines became independent.
1958Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, was appointed auxilliary bishop of Krakow in his native Poland.
1966President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act into law.
1976Israeli commandos raided Entebbe airport in Uganda, rescuing almost all of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by pro-Palestinian hijackers.
1987Former Getaspo chief Klaus Barbie was convicted by a French court of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison.
2010Gen. David Petraeus formally assumed command of the 130,000-strong international force in Afghanistan.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Playwright Neil Simon turns 88 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Eva Marie SaintActress91
Gina LollobrigidaActress88
Bill WithersR&B singer77
Karolyn GrimesActress ("It's a Wonderful Life")75
John WaiteRock singer60
Pam ShriverTennis Hall of Famer53
Horace GrantBasketball player50
Tracy LettsPlaywright50
Becki NewtonActress ("Ugly Betty")37
Broadcast journalist Geraldo Rivera turns 72 years old today.
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