Today in the Revolution ...
Lexington minuteman Captain John Parker orders: "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here."
The American Revolution begins. The shot "heard round the world" is fired in Lexington Common.
Netherlands recognizes the U.S.
Birthday of ...
Roger Sherman. Age on 4 July 1776: 55.
POOR RICHARD'S ALMANACK
Sudden Power is apt to be insolent, Sudden Liberty saucy; that behaves best which has grown gradually.
— Benjamin Franklin,1753
Major Lithgow of Massachusetts
pencil sketch 1791