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Jefferson Lives

John Adams, ever the patriot, died on July 4th, 1826 -- the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. His last words? "Jefferson Lives." Little did he know that Jefferson, incredibly, had also died on the 4th of July -- just a few hours earlier.(Jefferson's last words? "Is it the Fourth? I resign my spirit to God, my daughter, and my country.")

["I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival," Adams wrote to Abigail Smith Adams in July 1776. "It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by Solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfire and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more." The day in question? July 2nd (the day the Second Continental Congress voted to declare independence from England).]

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