July 4: It’s Independence Day for the U.S.

One of the most significant dates in the calendar of the United States, on this day, July 4 1776, in 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, drafted by, among others, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, proclaimed that the (then) thirteen American colonies were no longer subject or subordinate to the monarch of Britain, King George III, and were now united, free, and independent states. Since then, July…

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Why an American bought the London Bridge

Born on this day, June 7 1761, Scottish civil engineer John Rennie was responsible for three important landmarks in central London: Waterloo Bridge, Southwark Bridge and London Bridge which, in an astonishing deal, was sold (yes, really sold) to an American tycoon in 1968. “London Bridge is falling down, falling down!” This was a popular children’s rhyme despite in the 1960s it wasn’t really falling down. However, surveys showed that it was sinking by about 2.5cm every eight years and, as a result, It would have to be replaced. Ivan…

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Florida: a man stalks beach as Death to protest reopening during pandemic

Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, announced on last Friday that state parks will soon reopen, even as the coronavirus pandemic continued and Death himself still stalked the beaches of the Sunshine state. The same Death that goes viral on social media after a man dresses up to alert Floridians to the dangers of reopening their economy too soon. The “Grim Reaper” in question was actually Daniel Uhlfelder, a lawyer and campaigner for public beach access who put on a cowl and wielded a scythe. As a socially distanced interview with a…

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