Today in his­tory

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Today is the 185th day of 2018 and the 14th day of sum­mer.

TODAY’S HIS­TORY: In 1776, the Sec­ond Con­ti­nen­tal Con­gress adopted the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence.

In 1826, found­ing fa­thers John Adams and Thomas Jef­fer­son both died on the 50th an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence.

In 1960, the mod­ern ver­sion of the Amer­i­can flag (with 50 stars) de­buted at a cer­e­mony in Philadel­phia.

In 1997, NASA’s Pathfinder space probe landed on Mars.

In 2012, the dis­cov­ery of Higgs bo­son-like par­ti­cles through ex­per­i­ments at the Large Hadron Col­lider was an­nounced at the European Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Nu­clear Re­search (CERN).

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Ge­orge Ever­est (1790-1866), sur­veyor/ge­og­ra­pher; Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), writer; Stephen Fos­ter (18261864), song­writer; Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), 30th U.S. pres­i­dent; Eva Marie Saint (1924), ac­tress; Neil Si­mon (1927- ), play­wright; Al Davis (1929-2011), Oak­land Raiders owner; Ge­orge Stein­bren­ner (1930-2010), New York Yankees owner; Ger­aldo Rivera (1943- ), TV per­son­al­ity.

TODAY’S FACT: Renowned ad­vice colum­nists Ep­pie Led­erer and Pauline Phillips, known as Ann Lan­ders and Abi­gail Van Buren (“Dear Abby”) re­spec­tively, were twin sis­ters, born on this day in 1918.

TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1939, New York Yankee slug­ger Lou Gehrig, who was suf­fer­ing from amy­otrophic lat­eral scle­ro­sis, an­nounced his re­tire­ment at Yankee Sta­dium, de­liv­er­ing the fa­mous line, “Today, I con­sider my­self the luck­i­est man on the face of the Earth.”

TODAY’S NUM­BER: 1,000 -- ap­prox­i­mate num­ber of “Go­rilla Sign Lan­guage” signs in the work­ing vo­cab­u­lary of Koko, a fe­male low­land go­rilla born on this day in 1971.

TODAY’S MOON: Be­tween full moon (June 27) and last quar­ter moon (July 6).

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