Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4th of July Trivia

Happy 4th of July!

Here's some 4th trivia for you.

1. The Declaration of Independence was first read aloud on July 8, 1776.

2. John Hancock was the only man to sign the Declaration on July 4.

3. The Declaration was signed on August 2, 1776, by 50 men.

4. The last man to signed the Declaration was Thomas McKean, and he signed it in January 1777.

5. In 1941, Congress declared the 4th of July to be a federal holiday.

6. The first Independence Day was celebrated on July 8, 1776

7. The vote for independence was taken and approved on July 2, 1776.

8. High school student Robert Heft was assigned to create a new “national banner” for America that would recognize the statehood of Alaska and Hawaii. Heft simply added two extra stars to the flag to give it an even 50 and stitched his own design. His teacher only gave him a “B-minus” for his effort, so he sent his project to President Dwight D. Eisenhower for consideration and a change of grade. Eisenhower chose his design personally and the new flag was officially adopted in 1960. His teacher then gave him an “A” instead.

9. The Declaration was only stolen once--by Benjamin Gates. Oops, nope, that was just a movie. Have a happy 4th!

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