Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Die
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two of the country's most famous founding fathers and the second and third presidents of the United States, respectively, both died exactly 50 years after the signing of Declaration of Independence.
The two gentlemen first met each other at the Second Continental Congress in 1775 and became fast friends. Later, the two would split in their political ideologies -- with Jefferson a Democrat-Republican and Adams as a Federalist -- and vie each other for the presidency of the young nation.
After an 11-year silence, the two men began corresponding again, via letters in 1812, and would continue their friendship until their deaths on July 4, 1826.
Jefferson had been on his deathbed for several days, holding out for the historic 50th anniversary of the nation's independence. Historians say he had been asking, "Is it the fourth yet?" in anticipation.
Five hours later, Adams would follow. Not yet aware that Jefferson had died, Adams' final words went down in history: "Thomas Jefferson still survives."
Jefferson died at the age of 83; Adams died at the age of 90.