Good Day World!
Happy Birthday America!
Did you know July 4th was a prime day for American presidents to die?
Three presidents have already died on Independence Day ( John Adams,Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe) and last year hackers tried to trick Twitter users into thinking President Obama had become the fourth.
Hackers broke into Fox News' Twitter account and fired off six tweets declaring Obama had been shot and killed in Iowa. In reality, the president was barbequing at the White House.The Secret Service investigated the tweets and Fox, after regaining control of its Twitter password, promptly declared them "malicious" and "false."
BIGGEST BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR A COUNTRY
The United States got what may be the country's largest physical birthday present on July 4, 1884, when the French presented it with the Statue of Liberty. It took four months to assemble the 151-foot-tall statue, which was shipped from Paris in hundreds of pieces. (source)
CONGRESS MAKES IT OFFICIAL
It took nearly 100 years for Congress to make the Fourth of July an official holiday, despite the widespread celebrations that had been ringing in America's birthday since the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.
Boston was ahead of the national curve, becoming the first city to designate the Fourth a city-wide holiday in 1783. That's the same year Gov. Alexander Martin issued a state order making North Carolina the first state to officially celebrate U.S. independence on July 4. (source)
Congress officially declared July 4th a federal holiday back in 1870, but it took them nearly 70 years to give federal employees a paid day off.
July 4, 1938, was the first Independence Day that federal employees picnicked, barbequed and enjoyed fireworks without denting their paychecks. (source)
I hope you, and your loved ones, have a GREAT 4th of July!
FINAL 4th OF JULY TREAT:
This link takes you to a really cool retro 4th of July slideshow. I remember these days (picture below from 1960s) when the holiday was a lot simpler. Be safe!
Time for me to walk on down the road…