Thursday, 3 July 2014

Writing - Some Independence Day Info

4th July is the day on which the USA celebrates its adoption of the Declaration of Independence from the UK and dates back to 1776.

It really wasn't the 4th but the 2nd July when the Declaration was made, nor was it the date the American Revolution began - that was April 1775. So a couple of facts already that differ from tradition. That in itself is not unusual. 4th July was the day on which the final draft was produced after editing the Declaration so the choice is logical enough.
However, it wasn't until 1870 that the day became a national holiday.

Other things you may not know about Independence Day

Three of the first five president's died on 4th July

1863: Vicksburg Victory
After one month, 15 miles of trenches, countless battles, near-constant bombing, Confederate Gen. John Pemberton surrendered to Union forces at Vicksburg, Miss. That surrender, on July 4, 1863 would mark a turning point in the Civil War, when the scales tipped in the North's favor.
The South did not surrender for another two years. The town of Vicksburg refused to celebrate the Fourth of July for the next 81 years.
The Statue of Liberty was presented by the French to the USA on 4th July 1884
President Obama's daughter Malia was born on the 4th fourteen years ago.
Finally in 2011, a group hacked the twitter account of the White House and announced that President Obama had become the 4th president to die on independence day having been shot in Iowa. In fact he was at the White House barbecuing.
Whatever your take on the day and no matter whether you're in the states or elsewhere in the world have a great day.
God Bless