Posted by: hunterwaters | July 4, 2010

July Fourth: Happy Liberation Day to Rwanda

Today marks the 185th day of the year (leaving 180 days left of 2010 if I’ve done my calculations correctly).

As everyone in the U.S. knows (or should know), today marks the Independence Day holiday.  It also marks ‘Liberation Day‘ in Rwanda.  What about some of the other notable events that have occurred on this day?

In 1456, the Siege of Nándorfehérvár begins.  Not sure how to pronounce this, but you may know it better as Belgrade.

In 1845, Henry David Thoreau begins his “experiment” on simple living by building a cabin next to Walden Pond.  End result? ‘Walden.’

IN 1939, Lou Gehrig declared himself “the luckiest man on the face of the Earth” in his famous speech at Yankee stadium.

One of the strangest events on July 4th occurred in 1826.  John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States passed away exactly 50 years after the “Declaration of Independence.”  His last words were reported to be “Thomas Jefferson survives.” Sadly, Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States, had died a few hours earlier.

Happy Fourth of July!

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