On this day: July 4

Posted: 5:29 PM EDT Jun 27, 2012   Updated: 2:00 AM EDT Jul 04, 2015

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.

July 4 OTD - Statue of Liberty today
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2009: The Statue of Liberty's crown reopens to the public after eight years, due to security concerns following the World Trade Center attacks.

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