A lot has happened on July 4th since July 4, 1776. Some of it is unbelievable, but it is true. These are just a few weird facts about the Fourth of July.
Vicksburg, Mississippi did not celebrate Independence Day for 81 years. After General Pemberton surrendered to General U.S. Grant on July 4, 1863 in Vicksburg, the city refused to celebrate the Fourth of July until 1944.
On July 4, 1954, Marilyn Shepherd was murdered. It was believed her husband, Dr. Sam Shepherd had killed her. This murder let to the hit television show "The Fugitive" and the movie with the same name. It also launched the career of defense attorney, F. Lee Bailey who defended O.J. Simpson. For the record, DNA proved it was not Dr. Shepherd who had killed his wife.
Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams passed away on July 4, 1826. John Adams' last words have been reported to have been "Thomas Jefferson still survives." He was unaware that Jefferson had passed away five hours before. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were the last survivors of those who wrote our Constitution.
On July 4, 1855, Walt Whitman published his first edition of "Leaves of Grass." Only his picture, not his name, was on this edition. For the record, this great work of American literature was self-published. He continued revising "Leaves of Grass" until his death.
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark organized the first Independence Day celebration west of the Mississippi on July 4, 1804. Lewis and Clark ordered a cannon be fired and those in their expedition be given extra whiskey. They named the creek where they celebrated "Independence Creek" which is located in present day Kansas.
Isn't trivia great? This information be useless, but it is fun to know. And, who knows, it may help you "run" the Fourth of July category on "Jeopardy!"
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