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On This Date: July 4, 1776, Declaration of Independence adopted

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Today in History, July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence adopted

Associated Press

Today is July 4. This is Independence Day. On this date in:

1776

The Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

1826

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both pass away on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

1888

The Centennial Exposition of the Ohio Valley and Central States of 1888, held in Cincinnati at Music Hall and the surrounding area, began its four-month run in honor of the city’s 100th birthday.

1917

During a ceremony in Paris honoring the French hero of the American Revolution, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles E. Stanton, an aide to Maj. Gen. John J. Pershing, declared: “Lafayette, we are here!”

1939

Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees delivered his farewell speech in which he called himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

1947

The small central California town of Hollister was overrun by thousands of motorcycling enthusiasts, dozens of whom ended up being arrested, most for drunkenness, in what came to be called the “Hollister Riot.”

1984

Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops opened the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati with a concert featuring Ella Fitzgerald.

1987

Klaus Barbie, the former Gestapo chief known as the “Butcher of Lyon,” was convicted by a French court of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison (he died in September 1991).

Read more:  https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2019/07/04/today-history-july-4-1776-declaration-independence-adopted/1619850001/