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What Else Happened on the Fourth of July?

The adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 is the moment recognized as the birth of the United States, and is the reason why we celebrate the date as Independence Day. The fact that it is so well known as just July the Fourth is why we never move it to the [...]

How to Make Fourth of July Strawberries

To celebrate America’s Independence Day, try making these red, white and blue strawberries. The Five Sisters Café made them out of strawberries, white chocolate and blue sugar. Link -via Liz Norman

Was the US Declaration of Independence Legal?

When the Second Continental Congress declared American independence in 1776, it committed an act of rebellion against the established government over the area. It can, however, be argued, that the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which recognized this independence, made the act retroactively legal. What is less clear is whether the Declaration of Independence was lawful [...]

5 Questions: “Four” the Fourth

Here in the good old USA, it’s our Independence Day holiday, so celebrate with today’s multiple-choice 5 Questions quiz: Happy “Four”th of July

9 Fourth of July Myths Debunked

When we Americans are young children, we are taught the basics of our nation’s founding. But often those stories get shortened into easy-to-recall sound bites that don’t tell the whole story. Most of the historical “facts” you remember are oversimplifications of a more nuanced story. For example, I bet you thought the Declaration of Independence [...]

Man Carves Wooden Declaration of Independence

Charlie Kested of Johnstown, NY spent 10 years carving a wooden replica of the Declaration of Independence: The massive piece, which is nearly as tall as Kested himself, was finally completed several months ago. It’s an exact wood model of the Declaration of Independence, right down to the flourish of John Hancock’s signature at the bottom. [...]

Visualizing the Rise and Decline of Four Empires

(Video Link) Pedro M. Cruz, a graduate student in information visualization and interaction design, created this time-elapsed representation of the rise and decline of the British, French, Portuguese, and Spanish overseas empires from 1800 to 2000. He writes: The data refers to the evolution of the top 4 maritime empires of the XIX and XX centuries by [...]