(Providence, Rhode Island) – Hey it’s the 4th of July weekend, so nothing too heavy and political today. I just thought we’d have fun with some July 4th trivia. We’ll get back to the nitty-gritty of politics next weekend.
“Watch Out!” – There was a White House birthday on July 4th. Malia Obama turned 16 and she is learning to drive. Forget Vladimir Putin – nothing will make the President’s hair turn more gray than a 16 year old in Driver’s Ed! Cheers to them! Can you imagine being 16 years old on the White House? I always liked Susan Ford’s stories about ditching the Secret Service and escaping 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue when her dad was President.
“Good Day – Bad Day” – The Fourth is a great day in American history, especially for anyone elected President. Unfortunately, three of our ex-Presidents died on Independence Day. Founding Fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the very same day – about five hours apart. That was July 4, 1826. Five years later, James Monroe died on July 4, 1831. So, three of our first five Presidents died on July 4th. That means that 7 percent of all of our Commanders-in-Chief have died on the nation's most patriotic day. How ironic!
“On the Other Hand!” – Those Presidents who died on July 4th should not overshadow one who was born on that historic date. Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President, was born in Vermont on July 4, 1872.
“That’s Entertainment!” – Lots of people from the world of show business, media and entertainment were born on America’s birthday! They include: “Jersey Shore” star, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino; actresses Eva Marie Saint and Gina Lollobrigida; playwright Neil Simon; advice columnists (and twins) Ann Landers and Abigail “Dear Abby” Van Buren; singers Bill Withers and Mitch Miller; TV host Geraldo Rivera; and, chef/TV host Andrew Zimmern.
“Good Sports!” – It must be tough having to share your birthday with Lady Liberty, but some sports figures have that distinction. They include famed New York Yankee’s owner George Steinbrenner; NFL stars Floyd Little and Todd Marinovich; Major League Baseball player Vinny Castilla; and, NBA star Horace Grant.
“What Am I, Chopped Liver?” – We listed famous politicians and entertainers who were born on the 4th, but how about someone who’s worked both professions? Long before Ronald Reagan went from the theatrical stage to the political stage, actor George Murphy went from Hollywood to the U.S. Senate. Murphy, who served in Washington, D.C., from 1965 to 1971, was born on July 4, 1902. By the way, both Murphy and Reagan served as president of SAG, (the Screen Actors Guild), while transitioning from show business to politics!
“Where is Everybody?” – John Adams, argued that the celebration should be held on July 2nd, since that is the day when the motion for independence passed, and then the actual Declaration was amended over the next two days, and was finally approved by the Continental Congress on July 4th. Most of the 56 delegates actually signed the Declaration on August 2nd.
“Who Has an All-in-One Printer?” – We are spoiled nowadays by our computer printers that can scan, fax, print and photocopy. Imagine the poor souls who had to make copies of the original Declaration of Independence. They needed exact replicas for each of the 13 colonies to approve, and then other copies for legal notices, newspapers, etc. Hundreds of copies were made, but it’s believed only 26 still exist.
“It’s a Holiday!” – The Fourth of July was around for almost 100 years before it became a holiday. In 1870 Congress made it a day off, but without pay. In 1938 Congress voted again, and made it a paid federal holiday.
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