On this day in history: The United States declares its independence

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 1 COMMENT Reply July 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img Quotes Tadka July 4th, 1776From the History ChannelIn Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain and its king. The declaration came 442 days after the first volleys of the American Revolution were fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts and marked an ideological expansion of the conflict that would eventually encourage France’s intervention on behalf of the Patriots.The first major American opposition to British policy came in 1765 after Parliament passed the Stamp Act, a taxation measure to raise revenues for a standing British army in America. Under the banner of “no taxation without representation,” colonists convened the Stamp Act Congress in October 1765 to vocalize their opposition to the tax. With its enactment in November, most colonists called for a boycott of British goods, and some organized attacks on the customhouses and homes of tax collectors. After months of protest in the colonies, Parliament voted to repeal the Stamp Act in March 1766.Most colonists continued to quietly accept British rule until Parliament’s enactment of the Tea Act in 1773, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a monopoly on the American tea trade. The low tax allowed the East India Company to undercut even tea smuggled into America by Dutch traders, and many colonists viewed the act as another example of taxation tyranny. In response, militant Patriots in Massachusetts organized the “Boston Tea Party,” which saw British tea valued at some 18,000 pounds dumped into Boston Harbor.Parliament, outraged by the Boston Tea Party and other blatant acts of destruction of British property, enacted the Coercive Acts, also known as the Intolerable Acts, in 1774. The Coercive Acts closed Boston to merchant shipping, established formal British military rule in Massachusetts, made British officials immune to criminal prosecution in America, and required colonists to quarter British troops. The colonists subsequently called the first Continental Congress to consider a united American resistance to the British.With the other colonies watching intently, Massachusetts led the resistance to the British, forming a shadow revolutionary government and establishing militias to resist the increasing British military presence across the colony. In April 1775, Thomas Gage, the British governor of Massachusetts, ordered British troops to march to Concord, Massachusetts, where a Patriot arsenal was known to be located. On April 19, 1775, the British regulars encountered a group of American militiamen at Lexington, and the first shots of the American Revolution were fired.Initially, both the Americans and the British saw the conflict as a kind of civil war within the British Empire: To King George III it was a colonial rebellion, and to the Americans, it was a struggle for their rights as British citizens. However, Parliament remained unwilling to negotiate with the American rebels and instead purchased German mercenaries to help the British army crush the rebellion. In response to Britain’s continued opposition to reform, the Continental Congress began to pass measures abolishing British authority in the colonies.In January 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense, an influential political pamphlet that convincingly argued for American independence and sold more than 500,000 copies in a few months. In the spring of 1776, support for independence swept the colonies, the Continental Congress called for states to form their own governments, and a five-man committee was assigned to draft a declaration.The Declaration of Independence was largely the work of Virginian Thomas Jefferson. In justifying American independence, Jefferson drew generously from the political philosophy of John Locke, an advocate of natural rights, and from the work of other English theorists. The first section features the famous lines, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The second part presents a long list of grievances that provided the rationale for rebellion.On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to approve a Virginia motion calling for separation from Britain. The dramatic words of this resolution were added to the closing of the Declaration of Independence. Two days later, on July 4, the declaration was formally adopted by 12 colonies after minor revision. New York approved it on July 19. On August 2, the declaration was signed.The American War for Independence would last for five more years. Yet to come were the Patriot triumphs at Saratoga, the bitter winter at Valley Forge, the intervention of the French, and the final victory at Yorktown in 1781. In 1783, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris with Britain, the United States formally became a free and independent nation. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Great blog you’ve got here.. It’s hard to find good quality writing like yoursthese days. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!! 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USU Men’s Basketball Coach Craig Smith Named A Finalist For Jim Phelan Coach of the Year Honors

first_imgMarch 15, 2019 /Sports News – Local USU Men’s Basketball Coach Craig Smith Named A Finalist For Jim Phelan Coach of the Year Honors The recipient of this award will be announced April 5 at the College Insider Awards Event at Minneapolis, the site of the Final Four. Smith led the Aggies to a regular season record of 25-6, the most wins for a first year coach in program history. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Friday, Utah State head men’s basketball coach Craig Smith has been named one of 25 finalists for the Jim Phelan Coach of the Year award. This is presented annually to the top men’s basketball coach in NCAA Division I. Written bycenter_img Tags: Byron Smith/Chris Beard/Chris Mack/College Insider Awards Event/Craig Smith/Darian DeVries/Dustin Kerns/Eric Musselman/Final Four/Jason Hooten/Jim Phelan Coach of the Year/John Beilein/John Calipari/Justin Hutson/Kelvin Sampson/Kermit Davis/Mark Few/Matt Painter/Mike Rhoades/Mike Young/Minneapolis/Nate Oats/Rick Barnes/Ritchie McKay/Roy Williams/Tom Izzo/Tony Bennett/USU Men’s Basketball Other candidates for the award include Tennessee’s Rick Barnes, Chris Beard of Texas Tech, John Beilein of Michigan, Tony Bennett of Virginia, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Kermit Davis of Mississippi, Darian DeVries of Drake, Mark Few of Gonzaga, Sam Houston State’s Jason Hooten, Justin Hutson of Fresno State, Tom Izzo of Michigan State, Dustin Kerns of Presbyterian, Chris Mack of Louisville, Ritchie McKay of Liberty, Eric Musselman of Nevada, Buffalo’s Nate Oats, Matt Painter of Purdue, Mike Rhoades of Virginia Commonwealth, Kelvin Sampson of Houston, Byron Smith of Prairie View A&M, Kansas State’s Bruce Weber, Roy Williams of North Carolina, Steve Wojciechowski of Marquette and Wofford’s Mike Young. Brad Jameslast_img read more

Babcock’s Appledore contracted for fourth Irish OPV

first_img View post tag: Babcock International Babcock’s Appledore to build fourth Irish offshore patrol vessel Back to overview,Home naval-today Babcock’s Appledore to build fourth Irish offshore patrol vessel Authorities View post tag: L.E. Samuel Beckett June 16, 2016 View post tag: Irish Navy The Irish Department of Defense has awarded Babcock and its Appledore shipyard a contract to build the nation’s fourth Samuel Beckett-class offshore patrol vessel.All four vessels are built at the Appledore shipyard in North Devon at a unit price of around €54 million.The first two vessels in the class, LÉ Samuel Beckett and LÉ James Joyce are already in service while a third ship, the LÉ William Butler Yeats is currently being built and is due to embark on sea trials in July 2016.The yet unnamed fourth OPV is scheduled to be completed within the next two years.At 90 metres long and 2256 tonnes, the ships have a top speed of 23 knots and a range of 6,000 nautical miles at a cruise speed of 15 knots.The OPVs have a 76mm gun as the main weapon and are able to act as a mother ship for three fully independent Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats.John Howie, Divisional CEO of Babcock’s Marine and Technology businesses said: “We are really delighted to continue to support the Irish Naval Service with these important vessels. Our firm role is to safely provide cost-effective, value for money naval platforms that underpin our customer’s increasing requirements to protect their coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone, further enhancing border control capability and maritime security.” Share this articlelast_img read more