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  1. #1 Some July 4th trivia for ya! 
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    1.) What do the colors of our flag mean?

    2.) Who made the first officail flag?

    3.) How many flags have there been?

    4.) How many folds are needed to properly fold a flag?

    5.) When can a flag be flown upside down?

    6.) When is a star added to our flag?

    7,) how many stats are on our flag?

    8.) How many stripes are on our flag?
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    You mustnt forget the following also hapeened on July 4th

    Highlights in History Which Occur July 4:
    1054 Brightest known super-nova (Crab Nebula) starts shining (23 days)
    1187 Battle of Hittin (Tiberias): Saladin defeats Reinoud of Chtillon
    1301 Battle at Breukelen: Holland vs Lichtenberg
    1415 Angelo Correr becomes Pope Gregory XII
    1453 41 Jewish martyrs burned at stake at Breslau
    1610 Battle at Klushino: King Sigismund II beats Russian & Sweden
    1636 City of Providence, Rhode Island form
    1652 Prince of Cond starts blood bath in Paris
    1653 British Barebones Parliament goes into session
    1672 States of Holland declares "Eternal Edict" void
    1693 Battle at Boussu-lez-Walcourt: French-English vs Dutch army
    1708 Swedish King Karel XII beats Russians
    1754 George Washington gives Ft Necessity to France
    1776 Declaration of Independence-US gains independence from Britain
    1779 French fleet occupies Grenada
    1789 1st US tariff act
    1802 US Military Academy officially opens (West Point, NY)
    1810 French troops occupy Amsterdam
    1817 Construction on Erie Canal begins
    1819 William Herschel makes last telescopic observation of 1819 comet
    1827 Slavery abolished in NY
    1828 Construction begins on B & O (Baltimore-Ohio) 1st US passenger RR
    1829 Cornerstone laid for 1st US mint (Chestnut & Juniper St, Phila)
    1832 "America" 1st sung publicly
    1836 Wisconsin Territory formed
    1845 Texas Congress votes for annexation to US
    and Thoreau moves into his shack on Walden Pond
    1861 In a special session of 27th Congress Lincoln requests 400,000 troops
    and Skirmish at Harper's Ferry, WV
    1862 Battle at Green River Ky (Morgan's Ohio Raid)
    and Lewis Carroll creates Alice in Wonderland for Alice P Liddell
    Battle of Port Royal, SC (Port Royal Ferry)
    and R Morgan's: Tomkinsville, KY to Somerset, KY [->JUL 28]
    1863 Boise, Idaho founded (now capital of Idaho)
    and Failed Confederate assault on Helena Arkansas (640 casualties)
    and General Lee's army withdraws from Gettysburg
    and Skirmish at Smithburg, TN
    and Vicksburg, Mississippi surrenders to Union forces
    1864 -9] Battle at Chattahoochee River, Georgia
    1865 1st edition of "Alice in Wonderland" is published
    1866 Firecracker thrown in wood starts fire destroying of Portland, Me
    1868 Battle at Ueno: Last Tokugawalegers defeat Wienerwald
    1873 Aquarium opens in Woodward Gardens
    1874 Social Democratic Workmen's Party of North America formed
    1875 White Democrats kill several blacks in terrorist attacks in Vicksburg
    1876 1st public exhibition of electric light in SF
    and Batholdi visits Bedloe Island, future home of his Statue of Liberty
    1879 Africaner Union forms by Rev SJ du Toit at Cape colony
    and Battle at Rorkes Drift: Britain ends attack on Zulus
    1881 Booker T Washington establishes Tuskegee Institute (Alabama)
    1882 Telegraph Hill Observatory opens in SF
    1883 Buffalo Bill Cody presents 1st wild west show, North Platte, Nebr
    1884 1st US bullfight held (Dodge City Ks)
    and Statue of Liberty presented to US in Paris
    1886 1st scheduled transcontinental passenger train reaches Pt Moody, BC
    1888 1st organized rodeo competition held, Prescott, Ariz
    1889 Washington state constitutional convention holds 1st meeting
    1892 James Keir Hardie chosen 1st socialist in British Lower house
    1893 A Borrelly discovers asteroid #369 Aeria
    1894 Elwood Haynes successfully tests one of 1st US autos at 6 MPH
    and Republic of Hawaii proclaimed, Sanford B Dole as president
    1895 Katherine Lee Bates publishes "America the Beautiful"
    1898 French liner "La Bourgogne" collides with bark Cromartyshire, 560 die
    and US flag hoisted over Wake Island (Spanish-American War)
    1903 Pacific Cable (SF, Hawaii, Guam, Phil) opens, Pres TR sends message
    1905 Phila A's beat Boston Red Sox 4-2 in 20 inning game
    1906 Gr Brit, France & Italy grant Independence to Ethiopia
    1907 Heavyweight Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in Calif
    1908 NY Giant George "Hooks" Witse no-hits Phila Phillies, 1-0 in 10 inn
    1910 Jack Johnson KOs James Jeffries in 15 rounds, ending come-back try
    1911 105F (41C) at Vernon, Vermont (state record)
    and 106F (41C) at Nashua, New Hampshire (state record)
    and Ty Cobb goes 0 for 4 & ends a 40 game hit streak
    1912 Detroit Tiger George Mullen no-hits St Louis Browns, 7-0
    and Heavyweight Jack Johnson KOs Jim Flynn in Las Vegas
    1914 1st US motorcycle race (300 miles, Dodge City Ks)
    1918 Altar dedicated at full-scale replica of Stonehenge at Maryhill, Wa
    1919 ADGB (Allgemeine Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund) party forms
    and Cincinnati Reds are 10 games back in NL, & win World Series
    and Jack Dempsey KOs Jess Willard in Cuba for heavyweight championship
    and M Wolf discovers asteroid #914 Palisana
    1923 Heavyweight Jack Dempsey KOs Tom Gibbons in Shelby Mont
    1925 44 die when Dreyfus Hotel in Boston collapses
    and Yanks Lefty Grove beats A's Herb Pennock 1-0 in 15 innings
    1926 Baronie soccer team forms in Breda
    and NSDAP-party forms in Weimar
    1927 ir Sukarno forms PNI (Perserikatan Nasional Indonesia) in Batavia
    1929 AM radio station WOWO, Indiana's transmitter burns down
    1931 1st fireworks are held at Cleveland Stadium
    and 1st trailside museum opens in Cleveland Metroparks
    1933 Work begins on Oakland Bay Bridge
    1934 Jordanians revolt in Amsterdam after reduction in employment
    1936 Helen Hull Jacobs wins Wimbledon female tennis championship
    and League of Nations starts sanctions against Italy
    1938 1st game at Shribe Park, Phila; Braves beat Phillies 10-5
    and France-Turkish friendship treaty
    1939 Red Sox Jim Tabor hits 2 grand slams in 1 game
    and Yankees retire 1st uniform (Lou Gehrig #4), 1st Old Timers Day
    1940 British destroys French battle fleet at Oran, Algeria, 1267 die
    and German occupiers forbids anti-nazis speeches
    1941 Latvia partisans shoot 416 Jews dead
    and Politburo of Yugoslav communist party reorganizes
    Howard Florey & Norman Heatley meet for 1st time, 11 days later
    and they successfully recreate penicillin
    1942 1st American bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe (WW II)
    and US air offensive against nazi-Germany begins
    1944 1,100 US guns fire 4th of July salute at German lines in Normandy
    and 1st Japanese kamikaze attack, US fleet near Iwo Jima
    and Allied assault on Carpiquet airport at Caen
    and Gestapo arrests German Social Democrat Julius Leber
    1946 Anti Jewish riots in Kielce Poland (39 die)
    and Philippines gains independence from US
    1947 Jack Kramer wins Wimbledon
    1950 Truman signs public law 600 (Puerto Ricans write own constitution)
    1952 Canadain Currency, Mint & Exchange Fund Act allows gold coins of
    $5, $10, and $20 to be minted
    1953 Imre Nagy succeeds Matyas R kosi as premier of Hungary
    and Maureen Connolly wins Wimbledon
    1954 WMSL (WYUR, now WAFF) TV channel 48 in Huntsville, AL (ABC) begins
    and West Germany beats Hungary 3-2 for soccer's 5th World Cup in Bern
    1956 Independence National Historical Park forms in Philadelphia
    and US most intense rain fall (1.23" in 1 minute) at Unionville Maryland
    1957 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts temporary tax increase
    1959 America's new 49-star flag honoring Alaska statehood unfurled
    and Cayman Islands separated from Jamaica, made a crown colony
    1960 America's new 50-star flag honoring Hawaiian statehood unfurled
    and Mickey Mantle hits career homer # 300
    1962 Island Records begins
    and KIKU (now KHNL) TV channel 13 in Honolulu, HI (IND) 1st broadcast
    1964 Beachboy's "I Get Around" reaches #1
    1966 LBJ signs Freedom of Information Act
    1967 Freedom of Information Act goes into effect
    and Opening ceremony of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
    and Phillies Clay Dairymple ties NL record of 6 walks in doubleheader
    1968 Arthur Kopits "Indians," premieres in London
    and radio astronomy satellite Explorer 38 launched ( 450 m)
    1969 "Give Peace a Chance" by Plastic Ono Band is released in UK
    and 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep & Janis Joplin
    and Ann Jones defeats Billie Jean King for Wimbledon Ladies championship
    and Italian Rumor govt resigns
    and USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
    1970 100 injured in race rioting in Asbury Park NJ
    and Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" debuts on LA radio
    and Chartered Dan-Air Comet crashes into mountains north of
    Barcelona, Spain killing 112 vacationing Britons
    1971 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
    1973 Alan Ayckbourne's "Absurd Person Singular," premieres in London
    and CARICOM - Caribbean Community & Common Market, forms
    and In audience with Italian cyclists, Pope Paul VI praises athletes who
    "offer the magnificent show of a healthy, strong, generous youth"
    1975 Bundy victim (?) Nancy Baird disappears from Layton, Utah
    and Fictional wedding date of Coneheads
    1976 Opening ceremony of the Dai Bosatsu monastery Catskill Mt NY
    and Raid on Entebbe-Israel rescues 229 Air France passengers
    1977 Cubs use fielder Larry Bittner as a pitcher
    and Nigel Harrison replaces Gary Valentine as bassist of Blondie
    1978 L Chernykh discovers asteroid #3332
    and Memphis fire fighters halt 3-day strike under a court order
    1979 Algerian ex-president Ben Bella freed
    1982 4th Space Shuttle Mission-Columbia 4 lands at Edwards AFB
    and Jimmy Connors beats John McEnroe for his last Wimbledon championship
    and Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado elected president of Mexico
    and USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
    1983 Yankee Dave Righetti no-hits the Red Sox
    1984 Funeral for S Nakagawa & burial half his ashes next to N Senzaki
    and Yuri Sedykh of USSR throws hammer a record 86.33 m
    1985 Tinker Bell's nightly flight begins
    1987 Discovery moves to Launch Pad 39B for STS-26 mission
    and Martina Navratilova wins 6th straight Wimbledon defeats Steffi Graf
    and Nazi Klaus Barbie, "Butcher of Lyon" sentenced to life in France
    1988 Steffan Edberg beats Boris Becker for Wimbledon crown
    and US navy shoots down Iranian civilian jetliner over Gulf, kills 290
    1989 14 year old actress Drew Barrymore, attempts suicide
    and Unmanned Russian Mig-23 crashes in Bellegem-Kooigem, Belgium (1 dies)
    1990 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
    and Wrestler Brutus Beefcake injured during para-sailing
    2 Live Crew release "Banned in the USA" the lyrics quote Star
    and Spangled Banner & Gettysburg Address
    1992 John Phillips, rocker (Mamas & Papas), undergoes a liver transplant
    and Steffi Graf beats Monica Seles to win Wimbledon
    and US actress Bobbie Eakes marries author David Stone
    1993 Dave Winfield hits 442nd HR to move into 19th place
    and Pete Sampras wins Wimbledon
    and Pizza Hut blimp deflates & lands safely on W 56th street in NYC
    1994 Russian manned space craft TM-18, lands
    and Rwandese Patriot Front occupies Kigali
    and US loses to Brazil 1-0 in 1994 World Cup quarter finals
    1995 Birmingham Barracudas play 1st CFL game (vs Winnipeg)
    1997 US space probe Pathfinder lands on Ares Vallis Mars
    1866 Firecracker thrown in wood shavings starts fire that
    destroys over half of Portland, Maine.
    1898 French liner 'La Bourgogne' collides with bark 'Cromartyshire',
    560 drown.
    1925 44 die when the Dreyfus Hotel in Boston collapses.
    1970 Chartered Dan-Air Comet crashes into mountains north of
    Barcelona, Spain killing 112 vacationing Britons.

    1942 1st American bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe (WW II)
    and US air offensive against nazi-Germany begins

    Thought I would highlight this as most people assume the US was there from the start.
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    Should have said, History of the American Flag
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  5. #5 Factoid - George "Hooks" Wiltse 
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    1908 NY Giant George "Hooks" Wiltse no-hits Phila Phillies, 1-0 in 10 inn

    George "Hooks" Wiltse

    George "Hooks" Wiltse was a Central New York native who played for the 1900 Syracuse Stars and was elected into the Syracuse Hall Of Fame in 1990.

    Wiltse had one of the most sensational rookie campaigns in history, winning his first 13 games while going 13-3 in 1904 for the New York Giants. Wiltse went 15-6 in 1905 and 16-11 in 1906. On May 15, 1906, he struck out seven consecutive Cincinnati Reds batters in two innings.

    Wiltse's most impressive feat would come during his best season in 1908. Wiltse went 23-14, pitched 330 innings, and posted a 2.24 ERA. On July 4, Wiltse pitched a 10-inning, 1-0 no-hitter against Philadelpia. He almost had a 30-out perfect game but with two outs in the ninth, umpire Cy Rigler failed to give Wiltse a third strike, which Rigler later admitted should have been called. The next pitch hit the batter. Wiltse got the next man and was perfect in the tenth after the Giants had scored a run.

    Wiltse followed up his 1908 campaign with a 20-11, 200 ERA season. In 12 seasons, Wiltse won more than 10 games eight times.

    A photograph of Wiltse's 1905 New York Giants.
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