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Happy 240th birthday America

on Wednesday, 29 June 2016. Posted in Columns, Opinions

As we approach our nation’s 240th birthday on Monday, here is some patriotic trivia to think about:

The word “patriotism” comes from the Latin “patria” meaning “fatherland” or “homeland”.

Fifty six people signed the Declaration of Independence. The majority of the delegates were from Philadelphia.

The stars were in a circle on the first flag to show that all the colonies were equal.

John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson comprised the committee that decided to name the Bald Eagle as the America’s national bird.

George III was King of England when the colonies declared their independence.

Francis Bellamy wrote the Pledge of Allegiance.

The name “Uncle Sam” originated in 1812 when a meat packer by the name of Sam Wilson provided meat to the U.S. Army. Someone saw the meat shipments that were stamped with U.S. and joked that the initials stood for “Uncle Sam” and the name stuck.

Francis Scott Key urged the adoption of “In God is our Trust” as the national motto. The United States adopted the motto “In God We Trust” by law on July 30, 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower.

The Liberty Bell no longer rings. The first Liberty Bell cracked when it was being tested. It and the second bell were re-melted and forged again. The third Liberty Bell rang from 1778 to 1835, when it cracked. It is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the tower of Independence Hall.

Americans consume 150 million hot dogs on July 4th each year.

Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the National Anthem. The music comes from an old English drinking song named, “Anacreon in Heaven.”

France gave us the Statue of Liberty. She stands 151 feet tall.

The following events happened on July 4th:

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published on this date in 1865.

Ann Landers and twin sister Abigail VanBuren, both advice columnists, were born on July 4, 1918.

Marie Curie, the only woman to win two Nobel Prizes and the only person to win two in two different science fields, died on July 4, 1934.

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