Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Did You Know?

I am a huge trivia buff and can rattle off useless facts til the cows come home, "but if you’re planning to rattle off random historical facts at your Independence Day picnic this year, you might want to double-check to make sure that what you think you know about the Fourth of July is actually true. Below are seven common myths about the federal holiday marking our independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain." So just how are you spending your 4th?  Well here in Alabama we have a 100% chance for rain today through Friday.  Many fireworks displays have been cancelled and some are still pending.  Thunderstorms definitely put a damper on family/friends cookouts.  Frank and I are going to my cousin/sister Amanda's.  Her kids are going to all be there and I will get to play with babies for a bit.  There will be five...maybe six little boys there....our family seems to be running over with little boys ranging in ages from four to a year.  I know I will have a good time.  July 4th is one of our anniversaries.  Frank asked me to marry him after Still Magnolias performed at Thunder on the Hooch in Phenix City, AL.  Right after I sang "God Bless the USA"  and as the first of the fireworks was shot off.  It was definitely a memorable moment.  July 4th will always be special to me.  Be safe if you are traveling, enjoy the fireworks if you have them, and have a Happy 4th of July. 

"1: American Independence Was Declared On July 4, 1776-We all know July 4 is the date printed on the Declaration of Independence, but the Continental Congress actually declared independence on July 2. The Congress approved the final wording of the document two days later, hence the date. John Adams famously believed that the Second of July should be considered America’s birthday, and he was even said to have protested Fourth of July celebrations by turning down invitations to parties.

2: The Declaration Of Independence Was Signed on July 4, 1776
 The exact dates that the declaration was signed are disputed. Three founding fathers — Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin — all wrote in later documents that they had signed on July 4. However, historians have since disputed that claim, largely because not all 56 delegates were present on that day. According to the National Archives, most of the delegates didn’t actually sign the document until August 2.

3: George Washington Signed The Declaration Of Independence
 Although the Declaration of Independence is now stored safely in a city named after him, the father of our country was not one of the 56 men whose signatures appear on the document. Washington was not a delegate but the commander of the Continental forces at the time the declaration was crafted. On July 9, 1776, Washington read the document aloud at New York’s City Hall to the cheers of rowdy spectators, who later tore down a nearby statue of George III.

4: The Signed Copy Of The Declaration Is The Original
 The faded parchment document we know as the original Declaration of Independence was handwritten by Timothy Matlack on July 19. It’s known as the “engrossed copy,” and it’s the one signed by all 56 delegates. But that copy is predated by printed copies of the declaration produced by John Dunlap at his print shop near 2nd and Market Streets in Philadelphia. It’s estimated that Dunlap printed 200 copies of these documents — now known as the Dunlap broadsides – on the night of July 4. The copies, 25 of which are known to still exist, were distributed throughout the 13 newly declared states.

5: The Signers Of The Declaration Were All Born In America
 Although they were fighting for independence from Britain, eight of the delegates who signed the declaration were born in the British isles: Button Gwinnett, Francis Lewis, Robert Morris, James Smith, George Taylor, Matthew Thornton, James Wilson and John Witherspoon. Incidentally, the actress Reese Witherspoon has claimed to be a direct descendant of John Witherspoon, but that, too, may be a myth. Witherspoon’s claim couldn’t be verified by the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.

6: The Liberty Bell Cracked On July 4, 1776
 If the Liberty Bell rang at all on that day, it wasn’t a ceremonious ring. The iconic bell, then housed in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House, more likely rang on July 8, to announce the first public readings of the declaration. In fact, no one knows why the bell cracked, only that it happened sometime in the mid-1840s.

7: The Declaration Declares That We Are Endowed With Inalienable Rights
 It actually says “unalienable” on the final copy, although some early drafts did say “inalienable,” which is more consistent with modern usage. Remember, there were no style guides back then."  Thank you Christopher Zara for gathering all these myth busters. 



No comments: