FlashNews is offbeat pop culture!FlashNews provides daily exclusive offbeat pop culture news items for use by radio/TV producers, on-air talent and print/website editors. FlashNews clients receive data which include direct contact numbers to arrange on-air or in-depth interviews. The content on this page does not include contact information and is for private personal viewing only.

FlashNews media clients have access to full phoner and contact info in the archive.

Creepy Curse: Founding Fathers Croak On Fourth Of July

Presidents Who Died On July 4th: Unlucky Independence Day: <B>John Adams</B> (left), <B>Thomas Jefferson</B> (middle), and <B>James Monroe</B>
(right) all died on the Fourth of July. Coincidence -- or something more?

Presidents Who Died On July 4th: Unlucky Independence Day: John Adams (left), Thomas Jefferson (middle), and James Monroe (right) all died on the Fourth of July. Coincidence -- or something more?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 1:40 GMT

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Oddly enough, the Fourth Of July seems to be an unlucky day for America’s Founding Fathers.

Just ask historian Bill Fawcett, author of Oval Office Oddities (HarperCollins), who notes that three of the first five American presidents – John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe – all died on Independence Day (Jul. 4).

Even stranger: Adams and Jefferson died on the same exact day – July 4, 1826 – precisely 50 years to the date after they both signed the Declaration Of Independence.

Fawcett also notes that a fourth president, Zachary Taylor, got sick and died from Cholera just five days after attending July 4, 1850, festivities under the hot sun in Washington, D.C.

Thus, he often wonders if “some cranky British general” placed a strange curse on the presidents, or if it’s just one of those random coincidences in history.

Says Fawcett: “It seems three of our presidents celebrated the 4th by dying on it and celebrating it killed a fourth during the first 60 years of our nation.”

© Copyright 2010 Wireless Flash News Inc

blog comments powered by Disqus