Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Trivia Question Answer

4th of July Trivia Question
Who signed the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July?

Answer: It was John Hancock, and John Hancock alone. Mr. Hancock was serving as the president of the Continental Congress, and as such, he signed the document. It was not until August 2nd that others began signing the Declaration.

Today we have an expression, to "Put your John Hancock on it" means to put your signature on it. Now you see that the phrase refers to more than just Mr. Hancock's excellent penmanship!

There was an interesting article here, as well as an example of John Hancock's signature:
http://www.snopes.com/history/american/hancock.htm
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