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Fourth of July Fireworks in New York City
In many cities and towns across the country, fireworks are a major part of the traditional Fourth of July celebration. New York City is known for putting on one of the largest and most elaborate displays.
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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.
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.
Presidential PastimesVideo Clip (1:20)
Video Clip (1:20)
Presidents are usually pretty old. So it's no surprise they like low-impact sports.
Sexual Curie-osityVideo Clip (0:48)
Video Clip (0:48)
Marie Curie had a strong passion for physics, among other things.
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.
Cat BombVideo Clip (0:40)
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During World War II, the U.S. Army invented a new missile guidance system: cats.
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)
Video Clip (0:43)
Americans have always spoken English, but given how it sounded back in the '20s, it might as well have been a foreign language.
Big Man On Krampus
Big Man On KrampusVideo Clip (1:17)
Video Clip (1:17)
Meet the bad cop to Santa's good cop: Krampus.
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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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