A Little Trivia About the 4th of July

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As we take time to celebrate the birth of this great nation, also take time to reflect on the meaning of this annual commemoration of strength, courage and faith of our founding fathers in pursuit of liberty.


Last evening I watched a documentary about the life of John Adams.  Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were instrumental in the creation of the Declaration of Independence, and in 1776 were also future presidents of the United States.  Interestingly enough, both men died within hours of each other, exactly 50 years to the day the Declaration of Independence was signed.


Because of our forefathers, we are able to live today in joy, celebration and happiness.

Here are a few facts about July 4th:


(1) Although, Independence Day commemorates the formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, it was not declared a legal holiday until 1941.

(2) George Washington did not sign the Declaration of Independence.  Washington was already in New York commanding troops when the Declaration was signed and adopted.

(3) During the Revolutionary War, things were going badly, that without French help, we would have lost the war and there would be no America.  France provided a navy, troops and 90 percent of the gunpowder the Patriots used.

(4) It was during the War of 1812 that Uncle Sam first appeared on the scene.  He appeared on supply containers.  But our U. S. Congress didn't adopt him as a national symbol until 1961.

(5) There has been more than one Liberty Bell.  The first two versions were defective and were melted down and recast.  Our present version rang every Fourth of July from 1778 to 1835, when it cracked as it was being tolled to mark the death of a Chief Justice.



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Jane Peters
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Thanks for the July 4th trivia, Myrl.  I bet a lot of people are not aware of all this.  I certainly wasn't.

July 07, 2012 04:25 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate

Hi Myrl, sorry to get here late...but a history lesson is good anytime. Hope you had a fun and safe 4th of July.

July 07, 2012 01:26 PM
Steve and Jan Bachman
Realtors - Northern Virginia
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax
Jefferson and Washington were of course from Virginia as were 6 other presidents and 6 president's wives. The Pentagon is in VA...not DC and is the worlds largest office building with 68,000 miles of phone wires. ....and of course there is so much more....:-)
July 07, 2012 01:55 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof
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Keller Williams Realty


This is interesting trivia that was quite surprising. I did know the first answer, but the rest was news to me!

1941 was a good year. I have to wonder what the American people were thinking and what they were feeling when President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the nation over radio and proclaimed the holiday as a beacon for the world in its fight for freedom, unbeknownst to anyone, including the President, that months later, on December 7, Pearl Harbor would be bombed and the nation would be at war.

The thought of it all, just gives me the chills thinking about it.

I had no idea that George Washington did not sign the Declaration of Independence. I would have guessed, he'd want his name on that document!

We should all give a toast to the French when we celebrate the Fourth of July, obviously, if it wasn't for the French, there's be no celebration! That was surprising information!

I am shocked to know Congress didn't adopt Uncle Sam until 1961 - to think I was alive at that time and I don't remember and I don't think I ever knew that. Thankfully, the government did something right!

I vaguely remember something about that Liberty Bell, but oh dear me, if I was tested, I'm afraid I would do very well.

Thanks Myrl for the enlightenment. This is factual information that I'm sure other countries know about, and it's a great lesson for all of us to know.






July 07, 2012 02:06 PM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
David Weekley Homes in Cinco Ranch
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         I just had to read this! I did not know that Jefferson and Washington died the same day. I love history just did not know this little trivia fact. I hope you had a great 4th! I knew I like the French inpsite of themselves I guess we paid them back entering the war without us France would not be France just ask the people in Normandy they love Americans!

July 08, 2012 11:08 AM

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