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.
1997: Writer William S. Burroughs, a primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author best known for his novel "Naked Lunch," dies in Lawrence, Kansas, at age 83 from complications of a heart attack he had suffered the previous day.
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