Thursday, July 4, 2013
[1776 - American colonies declare their independence from Great Britain]
[1777 - John Paul Jones hoists first Stars and Stripes flag in USS Ranger at Portsmouth, New Hampshire]
[1804 - Nathaniel Hawthorne, author, born in Salem, Massachusetts]
[1826 - Stephen Foster, songwriter, born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania]
[1855 - Walt Whitman publishes first edition of Leaves of Grass in Brooklyn, New York]
[1872 - Calvin Coolidge, 30th President, born in Plymouth, Vermont]
[1883 - Rube (Reuben Lucius) Goldberg, author, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, born in San Francisco]
[1885 - Louis Burt Mayer (Lazar Meir), film producer, born in Deymer, near Kiev, Ukraine]
[1902 - George (Lloyd) Murphy, dancer, actor, politician, born in New Haven, Connecticut]
[1910 - Gloria Frances Stuart, actress, artist, born in Santa Monica, California]
[1930 - George Michael Steinbrenner, shipping magnate, NY Yankee owner, born in Rocky River, Ohio]
[1931 - Stephen Boyd (William Millar), actor, born in Glengormley, Northern Ireland]
Rousseau and Locke prepared the seed.
Colonists in the New Land planted.
The grain grew tall until the harvest.
Shaped by men who saw the farthest.
Leavened it with freedom's yeast.
A Declaration proclaimed the feast.
Rose it up in revolution.
Baked in war's oven, a Constitution!
William's Whimsical Words:
No mention of God in my copy of the Constitution.
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