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Signing of the Declaration of Independence
The holiday commemorates a notable and decisive moment in American history: the Continental Congress' adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
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July 4th(8 Photos)
Independence Day, commonly known as July 4th or the Fourth of July, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Regarded as the birthday of the United States of America, the day is celebrated with parades,…
American Revolution: Continental Congress
American Revolution: Continental Congress(11 Photos)
Discover the accomplishments of the First and Second Constitutional Congresses, and learn about the major players behind such documents as the Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Paris.
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Jefferson and the Continental Congress
Jefferson and the Continental CongressVideo Clip (3:33)
Video Clip (3:33)
Over 17 days, Thomas Jefferson writes what will become the mission statement for a revolution and a new nation: the Declaration of Independence.
Jefferson Challenges the King
Jefferson Challenges the KingVideo Clip (2:21)
Video Clip (2:21)
Thomas Jefferson is known for penning The Declaration of Independence, but some of his earlier writings establish the pattern of challenging the British monarchy.
Always Bet on Jack
Always Bet on JackVideo Clip (1:49)
Video Clip (1:49)
Before Andrew Jackson was President, he was a notorious gambler with a reputation for trouble.
Power NapVideo Clip (0:33)
Video Clip (0:33)
The reason President Calvin "Silent Cal" Coolidge was so quiet is probably because he was asleep all the time.
Rail Force One
Rail Force OneVideo Clip (0:46)
Video Clip (0:46)
FDR had some pretty great wheels, but his private train car was even cooler.
Al Capone's Kidnappy Birthday
Al Capone's Kidnappy BirthdayVideo Clip (1:05)
Video Clip (1:05)
In 1926, Al Capone got jazz pianist Fats Waller to play his birthday party, at gunpoint.
Sexual Curie-osityVideo Clip (0:48)
Video Clip (0:48)
Marie Curie had a strong passion for physics, among other things.
Cat BombVideo Clip (0:40)
Video Clip (0:40)
During World War II, the U.S. Army invented a new missile guidance system: cats.
Presidential PastimesVideo Clip (1:20)
Video Clip (1:20)
Presidents are usually pretty old. So it's no surprise they like low-impact sports.
America's Drinking Song!
America's Drinking Song!Video Clip (1:02)
Video Clip (1:02)
Here's a game: If you knew the Star Spangled Banner was originally set to the tune of a drinking song, take a shot.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fourth of July Address
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fourth of July AddressAudio Clip (2:07)
Audio Clip (2:07)
In a broadcast from his home in Hyde Park, New York, on July 4, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt warns Americans who wish not to get involved in the war that "the United States will never survive as a happy and fertile oasis of liberty surrounded by a cruel desert of dictatorship."
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