July 4th Photo Gallery and related media
Boston Tea Party
The declaration included a list of grievances against Britain's King George III, whose unpopular laws, taxes and policies had stirred up the passionate sentiments that fueled the American Revolution.
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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)
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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)
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Thomas Jefferson is known for penning The Declaration of Independence, but some of his earlier writings establish the pattern of challenging the British monarchy.
Sexual Curie-osityVideo Clip (0:48)
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Marie Curie had a strong passion for physics, among other things.
Good and Evel
Good and EvelVideo Clip (1:04)
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While Evel Knieval was setting the record for most bones broken in a lifetime, he was also the owner of several motorcycle dealerships.
No. 2 Railroad
No. 2 RailroadVideo Clip (1:22)
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The Pacific Railroad Act created the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S., which was built with the help of Chinese immigrants.
Presidential PastimesVideo Clip (1:20)
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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.
Foreign SlanguageVideo Clip (0:43)
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Americans have always spoken English, but given how it sounded back in the '20s, it might as well have been a foreign language.
Al Capone's Kidnappy Birthday
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In 1926, Al Capone got jazz pianist Fats Waller to play his birthday party, at gunpoint.
I Love the 1880s: The Vice is Right
I Love the 1880s: The Vice is RightVideo Clip (22:06)
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Our cast of comedians will get you hooked on the illicit habits, weird addictions and sexual peccadilloes enjoyed by some of history's biggest figures.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fourth of July Address
Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fourth of July AddressAudio Clip (2:07)
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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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