On this day: July 4

POSTED: 03:29 PM MDT Jun 27, 2012    UPDATED: 12:00 AM MDT Jul 04, 2014 

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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