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The Liberty Bell
According to tradition, the Liberty Bell, which was used to mark important occasions, was rung on July 4, 1776, to summon the people of Philadelphia for a reading of the Declaration of Independence.
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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
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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
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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.
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.
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Electrical engineering genius Nicola Tesla was a true eccentric, with some interesting personal habits.
Big Man On Krampus
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Meet the bad cop to Santa's good cop: Krampus.
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.
No. 2 Railroad
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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.
Can You Hear Me Now?
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Watch never-before-seen footage of what is alleged to be the world's first mobile phone conversation.
Always Bet on Jack
Always Bet on JackVideo Clip (1:49)
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Before Andrew Jackson was President, he was a notorious gambler with a reputation for trouble.
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The reason President Calvin "Silent Cal" Coolidge was so quiet is probably because he was asleep all the time.
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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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