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(1722–1803) was an American
statesman, politician, writer, and political philosopher
, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States
. Adams was instrumental in garnering the support of the colonies in rebellion against Great Britain
, ultimately resulting in the American Revolution
. He was also one of the key architects of the principles of American republicanism
that shaped American political culture
. Adams organized protests against the British, including the Boston Tea Party
in 1773, and participated in the Continental Congress
. He also advocated for the adoption of the Declaration of Independence
at the Second Continental Congress
. Following the American Revolution, Adams helped draft the Articles of Confederation
. After the war ended, he ran for the House of Representatives
in the 1st United States Congressional
election, but was unsuccessful in his bid. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
in 1789 and after John Hancock
's death in 1793, Adams served as the acting governor, until he was elected governor in January of the following year. He served in that position until June 1797 when he decided to retire from politics. (Read more...)
Oceana Mahlmann (born January 23, 1982) is a German singer. UEFA chose her to write and perform the theme song for the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament, one of the biggest sports events in the world. At the closing ceremony on July 1, 2012, Oceana performed the song "Endless Summer" live to a television audience of approximately one billion people.
- 1804 - Nathaniel Hawthorne, American writer (d. 1864)
- 1807 - Giuseppe Garibaldi, Italian patriot (d. 1882)
- 1872 - Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States (d. 1933)
- 1883 - Rube Goldberg, American cartoonist (d. 1970)
- 1900 - Louis Armstrong, American musician (d. 1971) (see article re. this date)
- 1907 - Gordon Griffith, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1958)
- 1930 - George Steinbrenner, baseball team owner (d. 2010)
- 1973 - Gackt, Japanese singer
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