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On this day: July 4

POSTED: 04:29 PM CDT Jun 27, 2012    UPDATED: 01:00 AM CDT Jul 04, 2013 

A country is born -- and later expands, an "Iron Horse" retires, and we lose three presidents, all on this day.

July 4 OTD - Declaration of Independence
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U.S. National Archives

1776: The United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress.

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