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On this day: July 4

POSTED: 02:29 PM PDT Jun 27, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 03, 2013 

A country is born -- and later expands, an "Iron Horse" retires, and we lose three presidents, all on this day.

July 4 OTD - Thomas Jefferson and John Adams
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1826: Thomas Jefferson (left), the third U.S. president, dies the same day as John Adams (right), the second U.S. president, on the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the United States Declaration of Independence. Jefferson, 83, died a few minutes before 1 a.m. in Charlottesville, Va., while Adams, 90, died in Quincy, Mass., a few hours later.

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