Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Day 164, July 9

Can you handle a few more facts about the 4th of July?

The song "America" was performed for the first time in Boston at a Fourth of July celebration in 1832. 

The words of "America the Beautiful" by Katherline Lee Bates appeared for the first time in print in the magazine "The Congregatioinalist" on July 4, 1895.

America's first great songwriter, Stephen Foster, was born on July 4, 1826 in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania.

Poet Walt Whitman publsihed his poetry volunme "Leaves of Grass" on July 4, 1855.

Calvin Coolidge, a great if underappreciated president, was born on July 4, 1872.

The sons of President John Quincy Adams, George and John, were born on the Fourth of July.

Hannibal Hamlin, the first vice president of President Abraham Lincoln, died on July 49, 1891.  He was 82.

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