The United States declares its independence, an "Iron Horse" retires, the Beach Boys hit No. 1 for the first time, and we lose three presidents, all on this day.
1934: Marie Curie, the Polish-born French physicist twice awarded the Nobel Prize for her work on radioactivity, dies at age 66 in Passy, Haute-Savoie, France, due to aplastic anemia brought on by her years of exposure to radiation.
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