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
Formio bewails his Sins with the same heart,
As Friends do Friends when they're about to part.
Believe it Formio will not entertain,
One chearful Thought till they do meet again.
— Benjamin Franklin,1741