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July 4, 2010

Do You Know?

Our flag this morning on the 4th


1. When was the Stars and Stripes authorized by Congress as the national flag?

2. The flag has 13 stripes. How many of them are red?

3. Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the Star-Spangled Banner after witnessing what?

4. Where and when was the first 50-star flag flown?

5. On the first U.S. flag, why were the stars displayed in a circle?

6. True or false: When the Pledge of Allegiance was published in 1892, the words "Under God" were not included.


7. Which three presidents died on July 4?

8. Which president laid the cornerstone for the Washington Monument on July 4, 1850?

9. What was the title of the 1969 Broadway musical, written by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone, that told the story of the founding of the United States?

10. What city in the American South fell to Ulysses S. Grant and Union forces on July 4, 1863, after a short siege?

11. What twin advice columnists were born on July 4, 1918?

12. In one of the wildest baseball games of all time, the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 16-13, in how many innings on July 4 (and 5), 1985?


13. Which president served the shortest term?

14. Which president, to show his disdain for ceremony, would greet ambassadors in his pajamas?

15. Which president was the first to throw out the season-opening pitch for professional baseball?

16. To whom was the first telephone call made from the White House in 1878?

17. At 5 feet 4, who was the shortest president?

18. Which president's pet parrot had to be ejected from his funeral for screaming obscenities at mourners?

19. Which president had the most children?

20. Eleanor Roosevelt made news in 1939 when she served what dish to visiting King George VI and Queen Elizabeth?

21. Which president, when short of funds, offered White House china as the ante in poker games?

22. Which president's election was marred by charges of electoral vote corruption in Florida and other states after he lost the popular vote to his opponent?

23. Which well-dressed president was rumored to own 80 pairs of pants?

24. Who was the first chief executive to appear on television?

25. Which two presidents were signers of the Declaration of Independence?


1. June 14, 1777. This date is observed as Flag Day.

2. Seven.

3. The bombardment of Fort McHenry

4. Philadelphia, 1960

5. So no one state would be above another.

6. True. The phrase was added in 1954.

7. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams (1826) and James Monroe (1831)

8. Zachary Taylor. He became ill with cholera that night and died five days later.

9. 1776

10. Vicksburg, Miss. It came a day after the Union victory at Gettysburg, marking a turning point in the Civil War

11. Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren (real names: Esther "Eppie" Lederer and Pauline Phillips)

12. 19 innings. The game ended at 3:55 a.m., and the Braves then fired off their Independence Day fireworks, leading many local residents to believe the city was under attack.

13. William Henry Harrison, who died of pneumonia shortly after his inauguration. He served only 32 days, from March 4 to April 4, 1841.

14. Thomas Jefferson

15. William Howard Taft, on April 14, 1910, at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.

16. Alexander Graham Bell (called by President Rutherford Hayes)

17. James Madison

18. Andrew Jackson

19. John Tyler (15)

20. Hot dogs

21. Warren G. Harding

22. Rutherford Hayes, in 1876

23. Chester Arthur (also the first to employ a full-time valet)

24. Franklin Roosevelt (April 30, 1939)

25. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams

I hope everyone has a Happy and Safe 4th of July ! Pin It
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