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Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July

Thought I'd do a little something different today,
a short little history lesson.

On this day in history,
July 4

1776:  
The Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain and its king. The declaration came 442 days after the first volleys of the American Revolution were fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts.

1804:
Staging the first-ever Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi River, Lewis and Clark fire the expedition cannon and order an extra ration of whiskey for the men.

1826:
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the second and third presidents of the United States, respectively, die on this day, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Both men had been central in the drafting of the historic document; Jefferson had authored it, and Adams, who was known as the "colossus of the debate," served on the drafting committee and had argued eloquently for the declaration's passage.

1855:
On this day, Walt Whitman's first edition of the self-published Leaves of Grass is printed, containing a dozen poems.

1863:
The Confederacy is torn in two when General John C. Pemberton surrenders to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Vicksburg, Mississippi.

1917:
On July 4, 1917, the day on which the United States celebrates its independence, U.S. troops make their first public display of World War I, marching through the streets of Paris to the grave of the Marquis de Lafayette, a French aristocrat and hero of the American Revolutionary War.
Source:  This Day in History 
All of this information was found on History.com.
Images from Google Images.


 HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY


2 comments:

Amy said...

Happy 4th. Following from Follow US Monday Morning hop.

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Sunray Gardening said...

Very nice. I like what you did up.
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