Well, first things first. No sooner than I’d posted a couple of days ago that I thought the United States was going to beat Belgium in their World Cup match they LOST! YES, LOST! THEY LOST! REALLY? WHAT A BUMMER! Not that you don’t already know this if you’ve been following the World Cup, but I was so sure (from what I know about soccer at least) that they were going to win. My dad said that we played respectably. That’s something, I guess. But I think I’d much rather be a WINNER than TO LOSE respectably. I’m just saying…….but, I still love our team. Go USA! We’ll be back in four years to win it all!
Now, in honor of the Fourth of July tomorrow, here are a few Fourth of July Facts that I found while surfing the Internet.
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national animal but was out-voted when John Adams and Thomas Jefferson chose the bald eagle.
- Over an estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on July 4th. That’s about one hot dog for every two people in the United States.
- The first Fourth of July party was held at the White House in 1801.
- The words “under God” were not added to the Pledge of Allegiance until the year 1954.
- More than 74 million Americans will barbecue on July 4th.
- The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
- The stars on the original American flag were arranged in a circle to ensure that all colonies were represented equally.
- Three U.S. presidents have died on July 4th: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence; five years later, James Monroe died on July 4, 1831.
- Calvin Coolidge is the only U.S. president born on the 4th of July. He was born in 1872.
- Marie Curie, the only woman to win two Nobel Prizes and the only person to win two in two different science fields, died on July 4, 1934.