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Today in American history…The Continental Congress adopted a resolution on June 14, 1777, stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”

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Today in American history…Julia Ward Howe was born on May 27, 1819 in New York City. She was an American poet and author who wrote the lyrics to The Battle Hymn of the Republic which was first published in The Atlantic Monthly in February 1862.

She was inspired to write the lyrics to The Battle Hymn of the Republic after meeting President Lincoln at The White House in November 1861. The song was inspired by the popular song “John Brown’s Body” and she changed the lyrics that were set to the music of William Steffe.

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Today in American history…the colorful and exuberant Dolley Madison was born on May 20, 1768 in New Garden (renamed Greensboro), North Carolina. She is often credited with being the ultimate Washington hostess and before she was even First Lady – she assisted with hosting functions during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency. One of the best things she is known for (besides her fun hair decorations, colorful clothing and fun parties!) was her heroic actions in saving George Washington’s portrait from The White House.

In a letter to her sister on August 23, 1814, she wrote:

“…Our kind friend Mr. Carroll has come to hasten my departure, and in a very bad humor with me, because I insist on waiting until the large picture of General Washington is secured, and it requires to be unscrewed from the wall. The process was found too tedious for these perilous moments; I have ordered the frame to be broken and the canvas taken out …”

The British attacked and burned The White House in 1814 but because of her bravery, we still can view this infamous painting today at The White House.

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Today in American history…Andrew Johnson married Eliza McCardle on May 17, 1827. He was 18 and she was 16 years old when they were married in the small town of Warrenton, Tennessee.

Andrew and Eliza were wed by a local justice of the peace, Mordecai Lincoln. How ironic in that Mordecai was a relative of Abraham Lincoln – which some years later, would have such a huge impact on their lives.

Eliza Johnson was known to have had a calming effect on her husband – especially during the trying times of his troubled presidency.

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