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Celebs born on the Fourth of July
From a president to a poet to a couple of crooks, several prominent Americans — including first daughter Malia Obama — share their birthday with that of the nation. Find out who in our special slide show.
The Statue of Liberty then and now
A gift from France, the Statue of Liberty has stood over New York Harbor since 1886. See photos from its original construction through its reopening almost 8 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
4th of July holiday videos
Obama praises troops, Iraqi independence
July 4: President Obama reflects on the tradition of Independence Day and expresses gratitude to a group of military families at the White House.
Lady Liberty to be reborn on the Fourth of July
May 8: The Statue of Liberty's crown, which has been closed to the public since the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, will reopen on Independence Day. NBC's Mike Taibbi reports.