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quarta-feira, 3 de julho de 2013

The Fourth of July

The Fourth of July holiday is coming up, and Americans all across the United States will be celebrating with events to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Founding Fathers on July 4, 1776.

     John Adams  
                 Thomas Jefferson

By incredible coincidence John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two Founding Fathers who helped draft the Declaration of independence, and later became Presidents of the USA, died on the same day- July 4, 1826- 50 years after the historic document was signed.


When Jefferson's health began to deteriorate he called his family and then asked. "Is it the fourth yet? His doctor replied, ''It soon will be". Some hours later Thomas Jefferson died in his home in Monticello, Virginia.

On the other hand, when John Adams was told that it was the Fourth, he answered clearly, "It is a great day. It is a good day." His last words have been reported as "Thomas Jefferson survives".

However Jefferson had died hours before Adams did.  

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