Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826.
The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not sign at the same time, nor did they sign on July 4, 1776. The official event occurred on August 2, 1776, when 50 men signed it.
The names of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were withheld from the public for more than six months to protect the signers. If independence had not been achieved, the treasonable act of the signers would have, by law, resulted in their deaths.
Thomas McKean was the last to sign in January, 1777.
The origin of Uncle Sam probably began in 1812, when Samuel Wilson was a meat packer who provided meat to the US Army. The meat shipments were stamped with the initials, U.S. Someone joked that the initials stood for “Uncle Sam”. This joke eventually led to the idea of Uncle Sam symbolizing the United States government.
In 1941, Congress declared 4th of July a federal legal holiday. It is one of the few federal holidays that have not been moved to the nearest Friday or Monday.
Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.
The word ‘patriotism’ comes from the Latin patria, which means ‘homeland’ or ‘fatherland.’
The first public Fourth of July event at the White House occurred in 1804.
A Wellesley College professor, Katharine Lee Bates, was the author of the patriotic poem "America the Beautiful" which was published on July 4, 1895.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -The Declaration of Independence 4 of July, 1776.
Linda Passarella, is a new, guest blogger to our site. Linda is a local New Jersey resident with a keen interest in all things fossil, ancient and unidentified. Linda has been bringing items of extreme interest to our office for almost a year. She had a presentation last Saturday, in Keyport, NJ, which we attended and were astonished at the size and condition of her findings. Several local families gathered to hear Linda’s findings and comments about New Jersey mud flats. Linda is passionate about identifying these items and continues to spend her personal time and money on gaining concrete answers to her findings.
This is a strange and true account including facts about what happened to an ordinary woman who decided to buy a Garrett 250 metal detector for some de-stressing and ended up finding Indian artifacts. If not strange enough then uncovered an ancient fossil bed with millions of pieces of dinosaur/reptile/fish/and creatures unknown including over 30 specimens with “HAIR” intact. I sent microscopic pictures to a famous Paleontologist. She thought hair was impossible because it would not be growing out of bone. Determined to get to the fact, Linda sent the Paleontologist an article by National Geographic citing a recently found and totally intact body of a baby Hadrasaur, including soft tissue intact. Linda believes if a Hadrasaur had hair it could have been preserve all these millions of years buried in certain soil. A process called Diagenisis meaning something living rots then turns into mineral appearing hard as what we classify as rock - The DNA Lady.
I collected over 3200 pieces of extraordinary, beautiful specimens that have been gone for millions of years, teeth, claws that are preserved because of “Enamel” being the hardest dense substance that it’s the last to rot. Enamel, that can still shine even now but has turned to a brownish color. Research for 5 years now has shown me by reading the scientists own writings, findings, ideologies, and personalities that the science we call Geology and Paleontology, have rules that allow them to disregard certain fossils and what appears to be rocks to them. These items are “not good”, but in my mind, everything should be considered possible and researched quickly for science. We are classified as having “Igneous rock” which is supposed to be just a certain type of rock that was formed “ONLY” by volcanic activity. After what I tell you and show you, you will also think that there is something our scientists are missing or ignoring, because they feel they need to be the “finders” or “discovers” of something, for it to actually really be something. Some scientist are limited in thinking an item has to be found where it should be found which does not always apply and everyone knows this. We stray away from our home and so did everything else that could move. That does not mean we should disregard anything found because one small finding could answer several evolutionary questions including any missing links that are still preserved in the ground, and there are a lot of preserved things especially in what we call mud flats.
The mud, salt, and iron content in New Jersey, especially by the water, preserves fossils like ancients civilizations. Ancient civilizations used the same process to mummify their remains (sea salt). I have brought my findings to Universities that cannot help because of not having the equipment to test the specimens for authenticity or dating. I then went to Museums that told me I have what they are calling “concretions” which is really anything that is old and has a coating of dirt or anything else adhered to it over time. But they will not say that the specimens were ever living like pieces of bodies/teeth/and claws which preserve easily in clay/mud/salt/iron mixture of dirt. I am my own personal funds and trying to identify the hair, which is coming out of what we call igneous rock. Like the hair in the Amber, if this hair has a follicle which is inside the so called igneous rock than the Igneous rock must indeed be a piece of some type of Mammal remains (body). I have met an astonishing woman by researching the net named the DNA LADY in Metuchen NJ. She deals professionally with DNA testing and is very well known in her field. My findings interested and intrigued her to the point of her offering assistance.
I will be submitting all specimens found and will be notifying the Smithsonian Institute all results and also several Geologist who are very interested in what I have found. I have over 20 pieces with the same black color and course textured mammal type hair. Fossils are not supposed to have hair still preserved on them and especially what we call Igneous rock I have presented my finding to the Keyport Museum on Saturday August 20th 2011 in an exhibit in order for the local public especially children to enjoy the local findings. I have met and spoke with several renowned professionals all over the United States who are not familiar with the East coast fossils at all which is even more reason to study and preserve what we have left. Between the DNA LADY and the ROCK LADY hopefully we will be able to add to history itself beside Geology and Paleontology. Everything gets updated and learned every minute in human life including our fossil record. There are beautiful things out there and they are under the ground we step on without noticing. I thank you, the DNA LADY, and thanks also to the Keyport Museum for supporting history and the ability to bring it into the future for everyone to see.