On this day: August 2

POSTED: 01:10 PM PDT Aug 01, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Aug 01, 2013 

America formally declares its independence, the U.S. Census is born, a president dies, JFK becomes a hero, and a young Robert Zimmerman changes his name, all on this day.

OTD August 2 - Alexander Graham Bell
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Library of Congress

1922: Alexander Graham Bell, the Canadian inventor and engineer who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone, dies of complications arising from diabetes at his private estate in Nova Scotia, Canada, at age 75.

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