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History of July 8

HISTORY OF JULY 8 Here’s something you don’t see every day, and won’t see again for a while. If you use the US-style of date reckoning, on July 8, 2009, at six seconds after 4:05 am, the date will be: 04:05:06 07-08-09 Our friends in the UK and other parts of Europe and the former…

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History of Ben Franklin

HISTORY OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN As we celebrate the 300th birthday of this great American, we know him as a writer, publisher, merchant, scientist, moral philosopher, and inventor. Musically he invented the glass harmonica, but he also invented the Franklin stove, and started the first lending library and fire brigade in Philadelphia. He did experiments in…

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History of the 4th of July: Thomas Jefferson

HISTORY OF THE 4th OF JULY: THOMAS JEFFERSON Perhaps no one person is more associated with the 4th of July in American History than Thomas Jefferson, probably because it was his hand that penned the immortal Declaration of Independence. As my friend Clay Jenkinson — who has been portraying Jefferson for over 20 years —…

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History of Independence Day

HISTORY OF INDEPENDENCE DAY Independence Day, or the Fourth of July celebrates the adoption by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, of the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming the severance of the allegiance of the American colonies to Great Britain. It is the greatest secular holiday of the United States, observed in all the states,…

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