FLW: Jefferson and Adams die hours apart

Famous Last Words Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Charlottesville, Virginia; Quincy, Massachusetts July 4, 1826 “Is it the fourth?” and “Thomas Jefferson...” On the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, two of those who signed their names to it and who later became presidents of the United States, died within hours…

An 11-day heatwave starts, claiming a total of 2,000 lives

July 4, 1911 Northeastern United States An 11-day heatwave affects the East Coast from Pennsylvania through Maine, killing approximately 2,000 people The heat reached as high as 104 degrees in Boston, a record that still stands. Nashua, New Hampshire recorded a 106 degree high, while a thermograph in Hartford fluctuated between 110 and 112 in…