In 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the text of the Declaration of Independence. In 1826, U.S. founding fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died. In 1895, the Congregationalist published the poem "America the Beautiful," written by Wellesley professor Katharine Lee Bates.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-64), writer; Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), U.S. president; Eva Marie Saint (1924- ), actress; Neil Simon (1927- ), playwright; George Steinbrenner (1930-2010), NY Yankees owner; Geraldo Rivera (1943- ), TV personality
In 1939, more than 60,000 baseball fans honored Lou Gehrig, who was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), at Yankee Stadium. Gehrig delivered the famous line, "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."
At least 12 different places in the United States have "independence" in their names. Independence, Missouri, is the most populous place, with 117,494 residents in 2014.
"If you can go through life without ever experiencing pain, you probably haven't been born yet." – Neil Simon