THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Monday, July 03, 2017

July 4 (A Double)

1776 - The United States of America was born when the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.

This is a seminal event in world history, and The Declaration Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson and edited by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, is one of the most important non-religious documents in the history of the world, signaling the beginning of a new age...An age of liberty and individual freedom, with the great American nation leading the way.

1863 - The Battle of Vicksburg ended (began on May 14):  U.S. Civil War.  Union troops defeated Confederate forces.

Vicksburg was General Grant’s finest hour, and a major turning-point in the war.

The battle was a siege which ended with the destruction of one of the best forts in the West, and the Union controlling the Mississippi River, the 'Lifeblood of the South.'

Equally important, the results of the battle finally convinced President Lincoln that Grant was the man to bring a conclusion to the war.

1802 - The United States Military Academy officially opened at West Point, New York.

For over 200-years The Academy has trained what's become the world's greatest army, and continues to be the bulwark of American freedom.

1826 - 50-years to the day after the Declaration of Independence was adopted, former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died.

How ironic these brilliant creators of the Declaration of Independence (and life-long political enemies) died on the same day - the date of their grand creation.

Jefferson’s last words to his family: "I have done for my country, and for all mankind, all that I could do, and I now resign my soul, without fear, to my God - my daughter to my country.”

Adams' last words: "Thomas Jefferson still survives."

He had no way of knowing Jefferson actually died before him.

1848 - 'The Communist Manifesto' was published.

Another great irony of 'the 4th'...The book and theory which inspired the horrors of Soviet Communism (anti-Americanism) were published on America’s birthday.

1862 - Lewis Carroll began the 'Alice in Wonderland' story.

It would be nice if someone put an and to this story, because the 'Wonderland' we live in is getting so far down the ‘rabbit-hole’ we may never get out if we don’t do so soon.

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" – Alice

Sounds like the ideal Liberal-Utopia to me.

1884 - France presented the Statue of Liberty to the U.S.

This is a nice myth, but it isn’t true in reality.

A few wealthy Frenchmen had the Statue constructed and donated it to America in the name of France...France has been our ally on a few occasions (usually to be a thorn in Britain’s side, or to have it's ass saved from the Krauts), but it is a fallacy to think they’ve ever been our 'friend.'

1895 - The poem, 'America the Beautiful,' by Katherine Lee Bates, was first published in the 'Congregationalist,' a church publication.

Sadly, if something like this came out today the Liberal nuts would have it banned from the schools and public as a "violation of separation of church and state.”

By the way, have any of you found this part of the Constitution yet? You won't!

1936 – The League of Nations applied sanctions against Italy for invading Ethiopia.

This sounds just like its equally 'toothless' daughter: the U.N...But it sounded nice, and that’s all that matters.

1994 -Rwandan Tutsi rebels seized control of most of the capital, Kigali, and continued advancing on areas held by the Hutu-led government.

A slaughter was occurring and no one cared.  Sort of like the Italian invasion of Ethiopia listed above....The U.N. talked about it plenty, but actions speak much louder than words - the world's actions said they didn’t care.

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