A Writer's Journey

July 7, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

Filed under: off topic — mackenziew @ 12:00 am
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Yes, I know it was this past Friday. But it’s still 4th of July weekend, right?

(Humor me. Please)

So I thought it would be fun to just have some facts about the 4th of July.


Some famous Americans born on the 4th of July:

Nathaniel Hawthorne, author (1804)

Calvin Coolidge, President (1872)

Louis B. Mayer, film producer (1882)

Rube Goldberg, author and cartoonist (1883)

Gloria Stuart, actress (1910)

Pauline Phillips, Dear Abby (1918)

Neil Simon, playwright (1927)

George Steinbrenner, Yankees owner (1930)

Geraldo Rivera, journalist (1943)

Becki Newton, actress (1978)

Alyssa Miller, model (1990)

Malia Obama, First Daughter (1998)

On the flip side, some famous deaths on this day:

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (1826): The two founding fathers most closely associated with the Declaration of Independence died on the 50th anniversary of its ratification. Adams died believing Jefferson still lived, though Jefferson had died hours earlier.

James Monroe (1831), Fifth President of the USA

Eva Gabor (1995), Actress

Barry White (2003), Singer/Songwriter

More births than deaths, huh? How about a few more tidbits for this post?

  • John Adams believed that the day Americans would celebrate in the future would be July 2nd, the day Congress approved Richard Henry Lee’s resolution regarding independence from Great Britain.
  • Scholars believe the Declaration of Independence wasn’t signed on July 4th but on August 2nd. However, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin all noted they signed the document on July 4th.
  • Massachusetts was the first state to declare July 4th a public holiday in 1781.
  • Congress declared July 4th an unpaid federal holiday in 1870.
  • For a long time, the night of July 3rd was just as big a celebration as July 4th. Many places, especially in New England, used to build bonfires and wait to greet Independence Day.
  • Coney Island’s Nathan hot dog eating contest began in 1972.
  • On July 4, 1946, the United States recognized that the Philippines was no longer a territory but its own nation. The US chose the day for its significance.
  • Denmark also celebrates the 4th of July and America’s independence.

Hope you had a great 4th of July!


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