This day in history: July 4

This day in history: July 4

(WTVM) - All of the events below occurred on the same day of the month, July 4.

1776: The Second Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence.

1802: The U.S. Military Academy opens at West Point, New York.

1826: Former presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams die hours apart on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, which both had signed.

1872: President Calvin Coolidge is born in Plymouth Notch, Vermont.

1913: President Woodrow Wilson addresses Civil War veterans from both the north and south in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania for the Great Reunion of 1913.

1939: Terminally ill slugger Lou Gehrig refers to himself as the "...luckiest man on the face of the Earth." during an appreciation ceremony at Yankee Stadium. His uniform number 4 is also retired.

1960: The first 50-star U.S. flag flies in Philadelphia ten months after Hawaii is admitted as the 50th state.

2003: Singer, songwriter and producer Barry White dies in Los Angeles at age 58.

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