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Wednesday, July 4, 2018
The Fourth of July is a day filled with barbeques, fireworks, fun in the sun and music, all in the name of our country's freedom. While you're out celebrating with family and friends, here is some odd Independence Day trivia to share.
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Today's Random Fact:
The U.S. isn't the only country that celebrates their independence day on July fourth. The Philippines declared their independence on July 4th 1946. Ironically, they declared their independence from the United States.
The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not sign at the same time, nor did they sign on July 4, 1776. The official event occurred on August 2, 1776, when 50 men signed it. The names of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were withheld from the public for more than six months to protect the signers. If independence had not been achieved, the treasonable act of the signers would have, by law, resulted in their deaths.
The American flag has gone through many alterations as the regions grew and even reached beyond its borders. The modern '50 star flag,' however, has an interesting story behind its creation.
High school student Robert G. Heft of Lancaster, Ohio was assigned to create a new 'national banner' for America that would recognize the statehood of Alaska and Hawaii. Heft simply added two extra stars to the flag to give it an even 50 and stitched his own design. His teacher only gave him a 'B-minus' for his effort, so he sent his project to President Dwight D. Eisenhower for consideration and a change of grade. Eisenhower chose his design personally and the new flag was officially adopted in 1960. His teacher then gave him an 'A' instead.