Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Day 185 - This day in legal and military history

July 4


NATIONAL Country Music Day

NATIONAL Sidewalk Egg-Frying Day

NATIONAL Barbecued Spareribs Day

NATIONAL Caesar Salad Day

Today in legal and military [and occasional oddities] history

1636 City of Providence, Rhode Island, was formed

1776 The amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, is approved and signed by John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, and Charles Thomson, Congress secretary. The state of New York abstains from signing.

1802 US Military Academy opens at West Point with 10 cadets

1817 Construction begins on the Erie Canal, to connect Lake Erie and the Hudson River

1818 Congress rules that the flag shall have 13 stripes, and one star for each state

1848 The Communist Manifesto is published

1862 Lewis Carroll first tells the story of Alice’s adventures down the rabbit hole during a picnic along the Thames
1895 The poem America the Beautiful is first published
1937 A government program was begun to provide American flags, certified to have flown over the capital, to the public
1960 The 50-star flag makes its debut in Philadelphia

1976 An Israeli raid at Entebbe airport in Uganda rescues 105 hostages

1976 The nation held a 200th anniversary party across the land in celebration of America’s 200 years of independence

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