Famous Last Words · Massachusetts · Political · Virginia

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… Continue reading FLW: Jefferson and Adams die hours apart

Disasters · United States

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

New York · School Violence

Man shoots teenaged daughter, self after girl refused to come back home

July 4, 1940 Valhalla, New York A man shoots and kills his 15-year-old daughter when she refused to leave a school “for girls with problems” to live with him Joseph Moshell arrived at his daughter Melba’s school, though she was hesitant to see him. When she reluctantly met with him, he lamented to one of… Continue reading Man shoots teenaged daughter, self after girl refused to come back home