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Happy! - July 4 (Fort of Julie)

Abby Sale 04 Jul 05 - 03:28 PM
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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

        O the cuckoo
        Is a pretty bird,
        She wabbles
        As she flies.
        She never
        Hollers 'cuckoo'
        Till the Fourth Day
        Of July.

                "The Cuckoo" from Lomax, FSNA

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.

BTW:   Oh, the pigeon,
        Is a city bird,
        And she poo-poos,
        As she flies.
        And she drops those,
        Birdy turdies,
        From way up,
        In the sky.

                © Stephen L. Suffet 2000 (with appologies if he intended to post this gem, himself)

Copyright © 2005, Abby Sale - all rights reserved
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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.

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