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 about US History
Fascinated by the American struggle for independence, the young Marquis de Lafayette traveled to the United States and became a friend of George Washington and a hero in the Revolutionary War. When he returned to France, he first served King Louis XVI in the Assembly of Notables and later served in the Chamber of Deputies for Napoleon. He was the first foreigner granted honorary U.S. citizenship.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 >
The Battle of Shiloh is sometimes called the Battle of Pittsburgh Landing. It was fought on April 6 and 7, 1862 in the southwestern area of Tennessee, near the railroad hub of Corinth, Mississippi. It was the bloodiest battle ever fought on U.S. soil at the time.Full Answer >
In 1955, Rosa Parks, a famous civil rights activist, refused to give up her seat at the front of the bus, a section commonly reserved for white passengers. Her actions led to a city-wide boycott of the bus system in Montgomery, Alabama.Full Answer >