On this day: July 4

POSTED: 02:29 PM PDT Jun 27, 2012    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT Jul 03, 2014 

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.

OTD July 4 - Dear Abby, Ann Landers
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Publicity photo, Library of Congress

1918: Twin sisters Pauline Esther Friedman (left) and Esther Pauline Friedman (right) are born in Sioux City, Iowa. The two would become famous as advice columnists, using the pen names Abigail Van Buren (aka "Dear Abby") and Ann Landers, respectively.


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