Happy! - July 4 (Fort of Julie)
Subject: Happy! - July 4|
From: Abby Sale
Date: 04 Jul 05 - 03:28 PM
Happy Fort of Julie!
2005 begins the 229th year of American Independence;
The Declaration of Independence was adopted & signed on July 4th, 1776
I don't know when the custom commonly expired, it's still used in Presidential Proclamations but it was once standard throughout the US to date letters and documents "of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-ninth year" or sometimes just "The 229th year of American Independence," rather than using the antidisestablishmentarianistic notion of dating from the birth of Jesus.
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Subject: RE: Happy! - July 4|
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 04 Jul 05 - 04:40 PM
I imagine they dropped it because it was inconvenient for dealing with the rest of the world.