Posts tagged ‘history fact’

July 4, 2014

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Molly Pitcher, real name Mary Ludwig Hays McCauly, was sixteen when she married a barber named William Hays. When her husband went to war, Molly went too. In the Battle of Monmouth on July 28, 1778, she carried pitchers of water to the soldiers and got her nickname, Molly Pitcher. When her husband was wounded in the battle of Monmouth, she took over his place at the cannon. After the battle, General Washington found out about her heroic actions. He then named her Sergeant Molly.

Source: http://www.about.com

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November 27, 2013

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The first Macy’s Parade took place in 1924 and was referred to as the Macy’s Christmas Parade. It started as a gimmick to promote Macy’s stores, the employees dressed as various characters like clowns and cowboys, and walked Central Park Zoo animals along a 60-mile-long route that stretched from Midtown Manhattan to Harlem.

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November 21, 2013

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Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.  She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

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July 3, 2013

American Woman!

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Sybil Ludington was a heroine of the American Revolutionary War.  She rode 40 miles one stormy night on April 26, 1777 to alert American colonial forces to the approaching of the British. Her actions were similar to that performed by Paul Revere, though she rode more than twice the distance of Revere and was only 16 years old at the time of her ride.

Source: www.about.com

July 2, 2013

He Wants You!

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The exact origins of Uncle Sam as a symbol for the United States are unknown. But the most widely accepted theory is that Uncle Sam was named after Samuel Wilson.  During the War of 1812, Samuel Wilson supplied the U.S. Army with beef in barrels. The barrels were labeled “U.S.” When asked what the initials stood for, one of Wilson’s workers said it stood for Uncle Sam Wilson. The suggestion that the meat shipments came from “Uncle Sam” led to the idea that Uncle Sam symbolized the Federal Government and the association stuck. In 1961, Congress passed a resolution that recognized Samuel Wilson as the inspiration for the symbol Uncle Sam.

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May 2, 2013

History Fact

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Barbers used to combine shaving and haircutting with bloodletting and pulling teeth. The white stripes on the red background of a barber’s pole represent the bandages used to wrap the arm after bloodletting.

Source: www.ehow.com