I was curious, because today is my 71st birthday, about who else may have been born on this day. To my surprise, there were a few that I knew about. Most, however, are popular movie, TV, music people that apparently are a big deal today but that I’d never heard of. I guess that officially makes me old.
Some names I do recognize: Pauline Phillips, aka Dear Abby, who wrote advice columns for many, many years.
Queen Sonja of Norway. The infamous Tokyo Rose. Actresses Gina Lollobrigida and Eva Marie Saint (yes, they’re old. That’s why I remember them.) Cartoonist Rube Goldberg and playwright Neil Simon. Stephen Foster, lyricist and songwriter who died so young, only 37. The great writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. Finally, President Calvin Coolidge. There are more, but that’s enough.
Here’s what I read about those of us born on the Fourth:
The individuals born on the 4th of July are very caring and loving individuals who are extremely fond of their loved ones. They thrive when there is harmony in their surroundings, but are quite sensitive to discord. They can be strong-willed and determined to follow through a task to the very end. But, a defining trait of these individuals is their fairness and willingness to apologize whenever they commit a mistake.
I don’t know who writes this stuff, or how they think they can lump everyone born on this day into one personality, but there it is.
Two famous people who died on this day: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, American historic figures, both Presidents, both instrumental in the founding of our nation.
It’s a wonderful day to have a birthday. Picnics, parties, parades and pyrotechnics 🙂 Fried chicken, potato salad, friends and family. I’ve always felt very privileged to share this day with the official presentation of the Declaration of Independence, which my mom always told me was appropriate for me!
I am thankful to have grown up in American, both in big cities and small towns (I prefer the small towns). I’m glad I grew up when I did, and not in this tumultuous and confusing era that kids are dealing with today. Father Knows Best was an iconic TV program of my childhood. It would be laughed off the air today, when everyone BUT father knows best. In fact, the youngest kids in TV families are the ones who know best, even though they’ve had no life experience and can’t get a job yet.
I’m also glad I grew up in an era in which it wasn’t dangerous to be a patriotic, flag-waving American. We could have worn MAGA hats back then without fear of having them ripped off our heads, because we had just come through WWII on the winning side, and we KNEW America was the greatest place in the world. God and country were important because we knew that without God, this country would not have come to the greatness it has reached.
Back then, patriotism didn’t have to mean that no other country was worthwhile. It just meant that we were proud to be Americans.
I still am, and I’m not afraid to say so.