*Today America celebrates the 233rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
*Seventy years ago, Lou Gehrig gave his famous "I am the luckiest man on the face of the earth" speech before reluctantly resigning from the New York Yankees because of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), now called Lou Gehrig disease by some.
*Sarah Palin's sudden resignation as Governor of Alaska comes with much speculation as to why and what she might do next.
*Convicted Ponzi scheme swindler Bernard Madoff was given the maximum prison sentence: 150 years. Meanwhile, his wife Ruth was evicted from their $7 million New York penthouse as authorities seized assets in hopes of reselling for restitution for his victims.
*Scientists have discovered the remains of three new species of dinosaurs in Austrilia.
*The investigation into his death and the legal battles surrounding his estate and guardianship of the children of the late pop icon Michael Jackson continue.
*And giving the time difference, North Korea decided to celebrate the 4th of July in the early morning with another missile test.
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