July 4 - 1826: Adams and Jefferson die on July Fourth

1967: Cape Cod is blacked out for the Fourth, Baby Boom 9 months later
John Adams and Thos. Jefferson died within hours of each other on this day a half century after the first July 4th. Shown with Benjamin Franklin in this Wiki painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris.

1826: John Adams and Thos. Jefferson both die 50 years after signing the Declaration of Independence

Signers of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776 died with hours of each other

On this day in 1826, 50 years after the Declaration of Independence was adopted in Philadelphia, John Adams died at home in Braintree. One of the great men of the Revolutionary generation and the second president of the United States, Adams was 91 years old. Shortly before he breathed his last, John Adams whispered, "Thomas Jefferson survives."

But he was wrong.

In fact, 560 miles away at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson had died only a few hours earlier. The fact that these two founding fathers died on the same day and that it was, of all days, the Fourth of July was not viewed as a coincidence. In his two-hour eulogy at Fanueil Hall, Daniel Webster cited it as "proof" of how much God cared for the country.

Adams' son, John Quincy Adams, was the 6th President and 14 years after leaving that office was elected the Congressman for the district which included Cape Cod.

1967: East Coast Blackout - Big jump in births nine months later

Dancing in the dark - NOT!

On this day in 1967 Cape Cod was blacked out and a baby boom followed nine months later. Because this occurred on the biggest holiday week of the year, the confusion was extensive, and many visitors tried to leave the Cape to escape the darkness but their progress was hampered by the absence of working traffic lights.

This reporter had recently started working at The Cape Codder weekly in Orleans, and I got on the phone to a NYC radio station to report what was going on here.

The GOOD NEWS  was that relatives whom I hadn't heard from in years contacted me after the lights went on.

The BAD NEWS was that relatives whom I hadn't heard from in years contacted me after the lights went on.

Another result was that resourceful Cape Codders, denied their televisions and movies for a night, did "what comes naturally", and area hospitals here showed a significant increase in new births starting nine months later.

A newspaper report is below, but come back tomorrow and see "the rest of the story." - wb


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