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Note from the Commander

May and June have certainly brought its share of rain and hopefully we will be a bit dryer this July.

*GREAT NEWS! We now have the Pennsylvania Lottery game “KENO” at the Post. Stop in, try your luck.                                    

The Pig Roast on June 22nd was a big success. Thanks to Debbie and all that were involved in making this happen. Special thanks to those that attended. Your presence made the event worthwhile.

The upcoming 4th of July commentates 243 years of independence for these United States. Of the 196 countries on Earth, the vast majority became independent after 1800. Only 20 were independent before the start of the 19th century—a mere 10%— and by 1900, only 49 or 25% of the countries of today were independent. Those are pretty unique statistics.

On Wednesday July 17th Debbie our Manager is hosting a Luau Bingo. I don’t know what that entails, I guess we just have to take a wait and see approach.

July closes out with Post 712 Hosting Police and First Responders from surrounding communities in their Annual National Night Out on the 30th.

September 12 1962, [President John F. Kennedy’s address at Rice University] “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard”. Not quite 7 years later that goal was realized 9:30 am on the 16th of July 1969 with the launching of Apollo 11. This year marks the 50th year anniversary of that lunar landing of the “lunar module Eagle”, the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the lunar surface, in the Sea of Tranquility of the Moon, with Americans Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin and Commander Neil Armstrong who took the first step on the Lunar surface at 20:17 UTC (Time Zone - Coordinated Universal Time) on July 20, 1969.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Lee Phillips

Commander

American Legion Post 712

                       Important July milestones in US History

July 1, 1862 - President Abraham Lincoln signed the first income tax bill, levying a 3% income tax on annual incomes of $600-$10,000 and a 5% tax on incomes over $10,000. Also on this day, the Bureau of Internal Revenue was established by an Act of Congress.

July 1, 1863 - Beginning of the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War.

July 2, 1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race in public accommodations, publicly owned or operated facilities, employment and union membership and in voter registration. The Act allowed for cutoff of Federal funds in places where discrimination remained.

July 2, 1776 - The Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the following resolution, originally introduced on June 7, by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia: "Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved. That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances. That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation."

July 2, 1788 - Congress announced the United States Constitution had been ratified by the required nine states and that a committee had been appointed to make preparations for the new American government.

July 3, 1775 - During the American Revolution, George Washington took command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts.

July 4, 1776 - The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress.

July 4, 1863- Vicksburg, the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River, surrendered to General Grant and the Army of the West after a six week siege. With the Union in control of the Mississippi, the Confederacy was effectively split in two, cut off from its western allies.

July 8, 1776 - The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence occurred as Colonel John Nixon read it to an assembled crowd in Philadelphia.

July 9, 1868 - The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The Amendment defined U.S. citizenship and prohibited individual States from abridging the rights of any American citizen without due process and equal protection under the law. The Amendment also barred individuals involved in rebellion against the U.S. from holding public office.

July 13, 1787 - Congress enacted the Northwest Ordinance establishing formal procedures for transforming territories into states. It provided for the eventual establishment of three to five states in the area north of the Ohio River, to be considered equal with the original 13. The Ordinance included a Bill of Rights that guaranteed freedom of religion, the right to trial by jury, public education and a ban on slavery in the Northwest.

July 16, 1945 - The experimental Atomic bomb "Fat Boy" was set off at 5:30 a.m. in the desert of New Mexico desert, creating a mushroom cloud rising 41,000 ft. The bomb emitted heat three times the temperature of the interior of the sun and wiped out all plant and animal life within a mile.

July 18, 1947 - President Harry Truman signed an Executive Order determining the line of succession if the president becomes incapacitated or dies in office. Following the vice president, the speaker of the house and president of the Senate are next in succession. This became the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified on February 10, 1967.

July 19-20, 1848 - A women's rights convention was held at Seneca Falls, New York. Topics discussed included voting rights, property rights and divorce. The convention marked the beginning of an organized women's rights movement in the U.S.

 

 

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