Thursday, July 03, 2008

Thursday's thirteen; Fourth of July

Thursday’s thirteen; Our Fourth of July

1. The fourth of July is my nation’s national birthday.
2. There were originally thirteen states, which makes this perfect for Thursday’s thirteen.
3. Only two people signed on July 4th; John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2. The last signature was five years later.
4. July 4, 1776 the declination of independence is drafted and sighed, though it is not signed all at once. In May 29, 1890 the last one sign; the state of Rhode Island.
5. Thomas Jefferson is the author of our constitution was our third president, and our first red headed one.
6. Croatia was the first country to recognize the United States as an independent country.
7. France and Spain donated 1 million livres in arms to the United States to help with our fight for independence.
8. Our national anthem “The star spangled banner” was written in 1812 by Francis Scott Key.
9. Our country stretches literally from sea to shinny sea. In the east we are bracket by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. List of all fifty states;
Alabama Alaska American Samoa Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Guam Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Northern Marianas Islands Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Puerto Rico Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Virgin Islands Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
10. The ones not directly connected are Alaska and Hawaii.
11. Hawaii is the only state that had a king and Queen.
12. Fifty white stars on a blue background, and thirteen red and white stripes make up our national flag.
13. A penny minted in 1727 was our first coin to have the words “United States of America”. It also had the motto “mind your own business.”


Paige Tyler said...

Cool TT!


My Tt is at

Stephanie Sullivan said...

Great list Janice! Hope you have a great holiday weekend! *hugs*

Janice said...

Hi Paige,

Thank you, and I'll have to check yours out too.

Hi Stephanie,

Thank you, and you have a nice holiday too.

Lady Jan~

Heather said...

Great post, Jan! Facts 6 adn 13 were new to me - gotta laugh at the first minted motto, LOL.

Janice said...

Hi Heather,

They were new to me too, until I read them when I set up my thirteen.

I liked the minted moto myself. There was another one that was on the flags at that time; Don't tread on me" but I thought this was one was funnier so I ended my list with it.

Have a great fourth of July, and if your not an American then have a great weekend everybody.

Lady Jan~

smitsp said...

<< The last signature was five years later. >>

I've got visions of whoever sitting around going, "Huh... do I really want to be independent? I gotta think this through. Why don't you get back to me?"

I *love* the first minted motto. I think it's a mentality our country needs to adopt, only this time, minding our own business.

Janice said...

Hi Smitsp,

It was thought at one time to sever their relationship to England was to go against God and the mother land.

Ben Frankland thought that too, until he went to England and had to deal with parlament. Oy, he got so steam he went home and started pushing for independence.

LOL, I think your right about the motto.


Jeanette said...

Hi Janice Great post hope you had a happy 4th july.Nice fireworks display..

Janice said...

Hi Jeannette,

Yes we had a nice one thank you.

And you have a nice week.

Lady Jan~