What are the Top Ten most important July 4th's in American history?
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Which three presidents died on the Fourth of July?
John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Adams, the second president, and Jefferson, the third president, both died on the same day in 1826.
What other presidents were near misses?
On July 4, 1850, President Zachary Taylor attended ceremonies for the Washington Memorial and returned to the White House for a bowl of cherries and milk. He became sick to his stomach that night and died five days later. On July 2, 1881, President James Garfield was shot. He died several months later.
Which president was born on the 4th of July?
Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, in 1872.
How many people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th?
When was the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence?
July 8, 1776. Actually, the Liberty Bell rang out from Independence Hall to summon the crowd.
On what date did most of the signers actually sign the doc?
August 2, 1776
Who was the oldest signatory?
Ben Franklin. He was 70.
Who was the youngest?
Edward Rutledge. 26 years old. He owned 50 slaves. Later became governor of South Carolina.
Which state had the most delegates sign?
Pennsylvania. There were nine.
Who was the last signatory of the Declaration of Independence?
Thomas McKean, January, 1777. He was at one time the president of the continental congress, later became a governor of Pa.
When did Abraham Lincoln give his 1863, July fourth address?
On July 7, 1863. On July 4, citizens in Washington were celebrating what appeared to be a victory at Gettysburg and wanted Lincoln to give a speech but he would only issue a short proclamation. He was waiting to get a complete report and for further news out west, where General Grant was laying siege to Vicksburg. He later found out that Vicksburg had fallen on July 4th. Lincoln gave his speech three days late.
What other countries celebrate the 4th of July?
Denmark, Norway, Sweden and England.
In what year did July 4 become a paid legal federal holiday?
It became an unpaid federal holiday in 1870. And a lot of trivia sites say that it became a paid holiday in 1941 but it was actually passed by congress in 1938.
How did Nathan’s, Fourth of July, Hot Dog contest begin?
It started out as a dispute among four immigrants over who was the most patriotic. And so, that explains why this country is overweight. We are patriotic?
What American President was famous for playing golf every Fourth of July?
Dwight D. Eisenhower.
What modern First Lady wore a bejeweled American Flag in her lapel on every Fourth of July? Pat Nixon, Jackie Kennedy, Hillary Clinton or Betty Ford?
Jackie Kennedy. And the jewelry actually sells on e-bay.
What pitcher threw a no hitter on the fourth of July?
(Dave Righetti of the NY Yankees in 1983. But perhaps the wildest game ever played happened on July 4 between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets. It went 19 innings and ended close to 4 AM. Mets won 16-13.)
Most Dramatic July 4th's?
The Top Ten Most Dramatic July 4ths in American History.
There are many dramatic days in the history of our Fourth of July. Two American presidents were born on that day, Ulysses S. Grant and Calvin Coolidge. George Steinbrenner, Geraldo Rivera and Malia Obama are just a few of the many public figures who celebrate their birthdays on July 4th. It was on this day in 1939 that Lou Gerhig appeared at Yankee Stadium and gave his retirement speech, calling himself “the luckiest man on earth.” And on this day in 2004, the cornerstone was laid for the Freedom Tower in New York City, a building that would rise from the ashes of the World Trade Center.
Here, in chronological order, are ten of the most dramatic July 4ths in American history.