JULY 4TH, 1817 – New York’s Governor DeWitt Clinton, marks the 4th by breaking ground at Rome, NY for the building of the Erie Canal.
JULY 4TH, 1836 – The House of Representatives marks the USA’s 60th birthday by passing a resolution recognizing the nation of Texas, a sister republic that has just fought its own war of independence from the tyrannical Mexican government.
JULY 4TH, 1848 – The cornerstone of the Washington Monument is laid at a public celebration of Independence Day in Washington, DC.
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