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The 4th of July
the 10th Anniversary of the iPhone
So the 4th of July is Tuesday, Independence Day, boating, BBQ, picnics and fireworks.
So if you ask Joe Public what the fourth of July is you’ll get that it ws the day that the declaration of independence was signed. Mostly because that’s what we were taught. But according to Joseph Ellis and David McCullough, both authors and historical researchers, absolutely nothing happened on the 4th. But here’s what happened around it.
Joseph J. Ellis’s book titled “Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence,” here are some truths about July 4th that may be news to you.
American independence from Great Britain was not decided on July 4th.
Actually, the Continental Congress voted on July 2, 1776 to declare independence. On the night of July 2nd, the Pennsylvania Evening Post published the statement: “This day the Continental Congress declared the United Colonies Free and Independent States.” John Adams thought July 2 was going to be the day future Americans celebrated, or so he said in a letter to his wife, Abigail Adams: John Adams believed that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the birth of American independence, and would reportedly turn down invitations to appear at July 4th events in protest. But July 4th is the day that an edited version of the Declaration of Independence was ratified by Congress, and that's the date that appears on the copies that were distributed to the soon-to-be states.
Ellis makes the case that that Adams “liked to claim that the resolution of May 15 was the real declaration of independence and that Jefferson’s more famous declaration six weeks later was a merely ceremonial afterthought.” The resolution of May 15, which was actually approved on May 12, was a formal call for the colonies to write new state constitutions that would “replace the colonial constitutions. On May 15, Adams added a preface that placed the resolution in the context of the historical march to independence.
Americans didn’t first celebrate independence until July 8, when Philadelphia threw a big party, including a parade and the firing of guns. The army under George Washington, then camped near New York City, heard the news July 9 and celebrated then. Georgia got the word August 10th. And the British in London found out on August 30th.
Though both Jefferson and Adams later claimed the signing ceremony took place on July 4th, David McCullough wrote in his biography of John Adams:
“No such scene, with all the delegates present, ever occurred at Philadelphia.”
In fact, most delegates signed the document on August 2nd, when a clean copy was finally produced by Timothy Matlack, assistant to the secretary of Congress; some waited even later to sign, and the names on the document were made public only in January 1777.
On July 4, 1826, Adams, the second president, and Jefferson, the third president, both died, exactly 50 years after the adoption of Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. The country took it as a sign of American divinity. James Monroe, our fifth president, died on July 4, 1831. And Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, was born on July 4, 1872.
*At noon, a “Salute to the Union” is fired, each Independence Day, by any capable military base. This is a salute of one gun for each state in the United States. *
In 2009, New York City hosted the largest fireworks display in the country. *
Held since 1785, the Bristol Fourth of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States. *
July 4, 1777 – The First Anniversary – Bristol, Rhode Island, fired thirteen gunshots in salute: once at morning and once again at evening. Philadelphia hosted an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks. Ships were decorated with red, white and blue bunting.
July 4, 1778 – General George Washington gave his soldiers a double ration of rum and an artillery salute. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, ambassadors John Adams and Benjamin Franklin hosted a dinner for their fellow Americans in Paris, France.
July 4, 1781 – The Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration.
July 4, 1791 – The first recorded use of the name “Independence Day” occurred.
July 4, 1870 – The United States Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees.
July 4, 1938 – The United States Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.
FORT MYERS 4TH OF JULY FREEDOM FEST
TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017
Free live music, patriotic motor show, food vendors, and children’s activities throughout the Historic River District. Live bands will perform on five stages throughout the downtown area. Fireworks display starting at 9:30. Preferred seating is $5; bring your own lawn chair. Call or visit their website for additional information. https://www.mustdo.com/events/fort-myers-4th-of-july-freedom-fest/
The City of Naples July 4th Parade will be held at 10:00 am The parade route will be from Broad Avenue S. to Third Street S. proceeding north to 5th Avenue S., east on 5th Avenue S., and South on 8th Street S. past City Hall, ending at 8th Avenue S. and 8th Street S.
A wonderful Naples tradition on July 4th! After the sun sets, the annual firework display from the water near Naples Pier will start. Grab a spot anywhere along the beaches of Naples or from the pier and enjoy this half-hour of magic! Several Naples sightseeing boats offer cruises to watch the fireworks from the Gulf of Mexico. For a spot on board, remember to reserve in advance. The City of Naples “4th of July Fireworks” fire off at 9:00 p.m. from a barge approximately 1,000 feet north of the Naples Pier. The presentation will feature a 25 minute display with special effects musically choreographed to patriotic selections that will be simulcast on radio station WAVV 101.1 FM., be sure to bring your radio and tune in to the patriotic simulcast!
MARCO ISLAND 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION & FIREWORKS
TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017
Entertainment and Fireworks at 9 p.m. Public parking located at the intersection of Swallow Avenue and Collier Blvd., Marco Island. For event information call or visit website. South Marco Beach
130 S. Collier Blvd. corner of Collier blvd. and San Marco Road.
Miami Beach North Beach Clam shell
What?: An all-day festival with live entertainment, food trucks, yoga, DJs, fireworks and more.
When?: 2016 for reference: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
9:00 am: Green Monkey Yoga on the Beach
11:00 am: Food Trucks
12:00 pm: DJs
5:00 pm: Live Program Family Stone
7:30 pm: Live Program Grand Funk Railroad
9:00 pm: Fireworks
What?: Jets flying over, marching bands, marching golf carts.. red-white-and-blue floats and tons of special entertainment!
When?: Parade starts at 11:00 am
Where?: Crandon Boulevard, from Harbor Drive to West Enid Drive.
Kiwanis Picnic on the Village Green following the parade.
Fireworks: 9:00 pm, watch from the Village Green or anywhere with a view of the Atlantic Ocean.
CORAL GABLES- at the Biltmore
What?: Special concert by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band, concessions and a spectacular fireworks display.
When?: Grounds open at 5 p.m., live concert at 7 p.m. and fireworks show at 9 p.m.
Where?: Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue
How Much?: FREE fireworks viewing on golf course
The 4th of July
10th Anniversary of the iPhone
The iPhone is 10!
Patrick and I discuss several areas that the iPhone has touched, in both good and bad ways. From the always connected and the equally never connected leaving us more isolated than ever. Take a listen!
Apple basically killed Adobe Flash on mobile devices and made endless scrolling a very good thing. You never have to carry a calculator or flashlight anymore, and visual voicemail lets you easily skip forward in a meandering message. Podcasts mean you don't have to listen to the radio in real time -- and they give you new options, such as the hit show "Serial."
Social media has also shifted heavily to mobile devices from desktop computers, letting people feel connected to friends at all times. Facebook said that in its most recent quarter, roughly 84 percent of its $6.82 billion in ad revenue came from mobile ads.
At the same time, the iPhone has been linked to the rise in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and short attention spans in kids. Governments use mobile devices to spy on their citizens, and consumers give up a lot of personal information in exchange for services like Uber rides.
But even with the negatives, don't try to take someone's iPhone away.
HISTORY- Todays history has little going on so we’ll start with yesterday:
1857 Charles Dickens reads from A Christmas Carol at St. Martin’s Hall in London–his first public reading.
1859 Jean Francois Gravelet aka Emile Blondin, a French daredevil, becomes the first man to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.
1908 A mysterious explosion, possibly the result of a meteorite, levels thousands of trees in the Tunguska region of Siberia with a force approaching twenty megatons.
1934 Adolf Hitler orders the purge of his own party in the “Night of the Long Knives.” was a purge that took place in Nazi Germany from June 30 to July 2, 1934, when the Nazi regime carried out a series of political extrajudicial executions intended to consolidate Hitler's absolute hold on power in Germany. Many of those killed were leaders of the SA (Sturmabteilung), the Nazis' own paramilitary Brownshirts organization; At least 85 people died during the purge, although the final death toll may have been in the hundreds[c][d][e] and more than a thousand perceived opponents were arrested.
1936 Margaret Mitchell’s novel, Gone With the Wind, is published.
1960 Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Psycho, opens.
Today July 1st:
1543 England and Scotland sign the Peace of Greenwich.
1867 Canada, by the terms of the British North America Act, becomes an independent dominion.
1876 Montenegro declares war on the Turks.
1945 The New York State Commission Against Discrimination is established–the first such agency in the United States. The general purpose of the new law is the elimination and pre- vention of discrimination in employment,4 and the opportunity for employment without discrimination is declared to be a civil right.
1963 The U.S. postmaster introduces the ZIP code.
1892 James M. Cain, author (The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce).
1902 William Wyler, film director (The Best Years of Our Lives, Ben Hur).
1915 Sydney Pollack, film director (Tootsie, Out of Africa).
1961 Diana Frances Spencer, Princess of Wales.
1776 The Continental Congress resolves with the Declaration of Independence that the American colonies “are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”
1881 Charles J. Guiteau fatally wounds President James A. Garfield in Washington, D.C.
1937 American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappears in the Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world.
1961 Novelist Ernest Hemingway commits suicide at his home in Ketchum, Idaho.
1980 President Jimmy Carter reinstates draft registration for males 18 years of age.
From Simon Sinek: Reflecting on kids use of phones
"I think what they have is a systemic impatience and the problem is they think that satisfaction in life fulfillment or even love and friendship happen just as immediately and they don't. It takes time and it takes unbelievable hard work and the problem is they're not learning the skills to make friends. They're not learning the skills to fall in love they're not learning the skills to talk to people they're not learning the skills to find fulfillment. Because it's slow and it's boring and it's human and we're starting to see the results. We're starting to see suicides are on the rise nobody kills themselves because they're hungry they killed themselves because they're lonely. We're starting to see school shootings on the rise. In the 1960s there was one, in the 1980s there were 27 in the 1990s there were 58 in the past decade we've had over 120 70% were perpetrated by kids born after the Year 1980 most of them are about 15 years old. And though we have no good science on it we know anecdotally that they spent a disproportionate amount of their social lives da-da-dah online human relationships is what makes people happy. This is why solitary confinement is considered torture."