1776 – The Continental Congress adopted the “Declaration of Independence
1832 – “America,” written by Dr Samuel Francis Smith, was sung in public for the first time, at the Park Street Church in Boston
1959 – America’s 49-star flag, honoring Alaskan statehood, was officially unfurled.
1960 – The 50-star flag, to include Hawaii, made its debut, in Philadelphia
1976 – The United States celebrates its bicentennial
2004 – The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower is laid on the site of the World Trade Center in New York City
Here are some famous Americans who share America’s Birthday
1804 – Nathaniel Hawthorne, American author.
1826 – Stephen Foster, American songwriter.
1872 – Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States of America (1923-1929).
1883 – Rube Goldberg, American cartoonist.
1900 – Louis Armstrong (Satchmo), American jazz trumpeter and singer.
1911 – Mitch Miller, American musician, record company executive, producer, arranger.
1918 – Ann Landers (Esther Pauline Friedman) and Abigail Van Buren (Pauline Esther Friedman), American advice columnists.
1927 – Neil Simon, American award-winning playwright.
1930 – George Steinbrenner, American businessman and baseball executive.
And some famous American’s who died on July 4th:
1826 – John Adams, 2nd President of the United States of America.
1826 – Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States of America .
1831 – James Monroe, 5th President of the United States of America