July 5, 2008

Other Things That Happened on July 4th

1. 1826 - Second U.S. President John Adams and third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson both die. They had a love-hate relationship, and Adams' last words were supposedly, "Thomas Jefferson survives...", not knowing that Jefferson had passed away a few hours earlier. Exactly five years later, fifth U.S. President James Monroe dies.
2. 1845 - Near Concord, Mass., Henry David Thoreau starts his two-year living experiment at Walden Pond.
3. 1862 - Little Alice Liddell sits down to listen to a story told by Lewis Carroll... it would later become, of course, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It was published exactly three years later - July 4, 1865.
5. 1918 - Twin sisters Esther Pauline and Pauline Esther Friedman are born...AKA Ann Lander and Dear Abby.
6. 1939 - Lou Gehrig gives his famous retirement speech at Yankee Stadium after being diagnosed with ALS. He tells the crowd that he considers himself "the luckiest man on the face of the earth."
7. 1995 - Bob Ross dies, and all over the world happy little trees are just a little less happy.

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