Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

Fun Fourth of July Facts

Happy birthday America. Here is a question: What was the religious background of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention? Of 55 delegates, 50 to 52 were practicing Trinitarian Christians and were members of good standing in churches. 28 Episcopalians, 8 Presbyterians, 7 Congregationalists, 2 Lutherans, 2 Dutch Reformed, 2 Methodists, 2 Roman Catholics and 3 Deists. The beautiful roots of our nation.

Thomas Jefferson changed the wording of the Declaration of Independence from "the pursuit of property" to "the pursuit of happiness."

Jefferson's original draft of the declaration of independence was lost, and the one eventually signed is the "engrossed" document.

Several countries have used the Declaration of Independence as a beacon in their own struggles for freedom. These countries include France, Greece, Poland, Russia, and many countries in South America.

"Yankee Doodle," a popular American patriotic song, was originally sung prior to the Revolution by British military officers in mockery of the unorganized and buckskin-wearing “Yankees.”

The average age of those who signed the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest at age 27, was Thomas Lynch, Jr of South Carolina. The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania at age 70. Thomas Jefferson was 33.

The tune of the National Anthem was originally used by an English drinking song called To Anacreon in Heaven.

In 1954, the words ‘under God’ were added to the Pledge of Allegiance.

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