Independence Hall, once known as the Old State House, took 21 years to build after ground was first broken on the project in 1732. This is because the provincial government paid for it little by little. The planning and construction were also contentious, as the committee members responsible for the hall often disagreed.Know More
The Second Continental Congress met in Independence Hall in May 1775, and chose George Washington as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. The building hosted the U.S. Congress on and off until 1783, when it finally moved to Princeton, N.J.
On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed inside Independence Hall. The Liberty Bell most likely proclaimed the event from the building's bell tower on July 8.
The U.S. Constitution was signed at Independence Hall after being drafted and debated by delegates from all 13 colonies, save Rhode Island. The debate over independence went on from May to September 1787. During this time, the windows of Independence Hall were kept closed during the debates, even in the heat of summer, so no one could eavesdrop on the proceedings.
The body of Abraham Lincoln lay in state in Independence Hall's Assembly Room between April 22 and 24, 1865.Learn More
One of the many interesting facts about the 1920s is that they were known as "The Roaring '20s" or "The Jazz Age" in the United States. It was a time of rapid cultural and social change. The passage of the 18th Amendment in 1920 started Prohibition, and the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. People were moving into the cities and the number of foreign immigrants increased.Full Answer >
Truman Capote was born Truman Streckfus Persons, later taking on the name of his adopted Cuban father, Joe Capote, when his mother remarried. Truman Capote's homosexuality was a major source of contention between him and his mother. During his teenage years, she would often become violent toward him when drunk.Full Answer >
Probably the most interesting fact about Molly Pitcher is that historians do not agree about exactly who she was or even if she existed. "Molly Pitcher" is a generic name assigned to women who brought soldiers pitchers of water during the Revolutionary War. It is generally accepted that the Molly Pitcher of historic lore is Mary Ludwig Hayes.Full Answer >
The Iroquois Indians are members of a group of Native American tribes, which was referred to by European colonists as the "Six Nations." This confederacy of tribes originally occupied an area close to Lake Ontario in New York but later extended its domain into parts of Pennsylvania and Ohio.Full Answer >