Have you ever read the entire Declaration of Independence? This 4th of July you can view the original draft of the document and see the strike throughs, additions and more. Or you can listen to the reading of it in an accessible format!



Learn about the other primary documents in American History. There is the Northwest Ordinance, which was adopted July 13, 1787 about the territory of the United States north west of the River Ohio. Many of these documents are available on the Library of Congress’ website.




The Apollo 11 mission fulfilled President Kennedy’s wish to land a man on the moon before the end of the 1960s. You can read about the crew, see the photos taken of the earth from 98,000 nautical miles out, and hear audio highlights from the mission.




July 25 marks the anniversary of the first International Overseas Flight. Credited to Louis Bleriot, the inventor of the first practical headlamp for cars. He turned his talents and resources to flying machines in 1901. In 1909 he flew from Calais, France to Dover Castle in England.




On July 31, 1790 the first patent was issued for a process of making potash, an ingredient used in fertilizer. Since then more than 6 million patents have been issued. You can learn all about the patent office at this site.