Fourth of July Facts # 6 - 10

The first two versions of the Liberty Bell were defective and had to be melted down and recast. The third version rang every Fourth of July from 1778 to 1835, when, according to tradition, it cracked as it was being tolled for the death of Chief Justice John Marshall.

The American national anthem, the "Star-Spangled Banner," is set to the tune of an English drinking song ("To Anacreon in Heaven").

The iron framework of the Statue of Liberty was devised by French engineer Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel*, who also built the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

The patriotic poem "America the Beautiful" was published on July 4, 1895 by Wellesley College professor Katharine Lee Bates*.

Father of the country and architect of independence George Washington held his first public office at the tender age of 17. He continued in public service until his death in 1799.


Blogger Julie said...

Those are really interesting!

Tue Jul 05, 07:12:00 AM CDT  

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