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July 4th Quiz Answers

by James M. Lindsay
July 4, 2011

Fans of the USA soccer team wave a huge flag during the playing of the U.S. National Anthem ahead of a 2010 World Cup Group C soccer match against Slovenia at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg in June 2010.

American soccer fans in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 2010. (Brian Snyder/courtesy Reuters)

Here are the answers for the TWE July 4th trivia quiz. If you got all the questions right without having to resort to Google or Encyclopedia Britannica, a tip of the TWE cap to you. Whatever your score, set aside some time today to read the Declaration of Independence. Its message is timeless. This is a great country. Enjoy the holiday!

1. When did July 4th become an official federal holiday?

1870, or ninety-four years after the United States first declared independence.

2. Twelve of the thirteen colonies voted in favor of the Declaration of Independence. One colony initially abstained and did not agree to vote for it until after it was unveiled to the public. Which colony was it?

New York. The New York delegation did not agree to approve the Declaration of Independence until July 15, 1776.

3. How many of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence went on to become president of the United States?

Two, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

4. Which three U.S. presidents died on July 4?

John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe. Adams and Jefferson died within hours of each other in 1826. Adams last words were: “Thomas Jefferson still survives.” Monroe died in 1831.

5. Which American president was born on July 4?

Calvin Coolidge. He was born on July 4, 1872.

6. The American people were offered a famous gift on July 4, 1884. What was it?

The Statue of Liberty. The French people offered it to the people of the United States. The statue’s full name is Liberty Enlightening the World. It was designed by Frederic Bartholdi. President Grover Cleveland dedicated the statue on October 28, 1886.

7. Which famous nineteenth century American author was born on July 4, 1804?

Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables among other classics of American literature.

8. Which famous nineteenth century American songwriter was born on July 4, 1826?

Stephen Foster. He gave us “Oh! Susanna,” “Swanee River,” “My Old Kentucky Home,” and “Beautiful Dreamer” among other classics of American music.

9. What famous American institution of higher education opened on July 4, 1802?

United States Military Academy at West Point was established by Congress on March 16, 1802 and officially opened on July 4, 1802.

10. Who gave a famous farewell address on July 4, 1939?

Lou Gehrig said good-bye to his adoring fans at Yankee Stadium, saying “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.” Gary Cooper played Gehrig in the movie Pride of the Yankees. Gehrig died two years later. His career statistics: a .340 batting average, 2,721 hits, and 493 home runs. Efforts to find a cure for ALS continue. Gehrig, however, may not have died of the disease that bears his name.

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