Happy Independence Day! (or how July 2nd got the shaft)

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On July 2nd, 1776, the Second Continental Congress of the 13 American colonies voted to formally separate from Great Britain (New York abstained). On that occasion, John Adams, a future president of the renegade United States, wrote to his wife, Abigail:

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

It was not to be.

Two days later, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence written by a hypocritical showoff named Jefferson. (Psst! Look over here!) Ahem…The rest is history.

So Happy Independence Day, otherwise known as July Fourth. And remember, it’s Adams who eventually got the HBO miniseries…

Pop Quiz: which U.S. presidents owned slaves?

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