The years ending in ‘76
July 4, 1776
We all know, or should know, the 13 colonies of the United States, via their representatives in Congress who pledged their life, liberty and treasure, read in Congress the greatest political document since the Magna Carta — our “Declaration of Independence.” On that day, the American colonies declared their independence from the great British Empire. The revolutionary war followed and the Americans, under the command of General George Washington, defeated the British. In 1783, Great Britain recognized the independence of the United States of America.
In 1787, a convention took place in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to establish a constitution. After much debate, with most of the representatives giving up some of their favorite political ideas, a consensus was reached, and the final draft of the Constitution was signed by all representatives. Thus, our federal government of the United States was established. A republic was established! The difference between a republic and a democracy is great in that the former establishes rule by elected representatives of the people, while the latter establishes rule of the people by a monarchy or dictator or military leader who establishes their own rules of government.
On July 4, 2014, as most of us, but not all of us, celebrated the many liberties granted us by our great constitutional epublic, it is incumbent on all of we citizens that we guard these liberties by using our voting privilege properly. The weekend trips, the picnics and the wonderful fireworks displays were all enjoyed because of the celebration of our liberties. Always remember that!
Years ending in ‘76
- No records.
- Pope Gregory VII dethrones and excommunicates Henry IV.
- Use of grand jury extended.
- “Roman de Renaurd” wrote the first version of Reynard the Fox fables.
- “Walter Map” organized the Arthurian legends in their present form.
- The year of four popes — Pope Gregory X, Pope Innocent V, Pope Hadrin V, Pope John XXI.