- Charlemagne born 742.
- Thomas Jefferson, Virginia, third President United States, born 1743.
- Hans Andersen born 1805.
- Frederic A. Bartholdi born 1834.
- Emile Zola born 1840.
We hold these truths to be self-evident—that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
—Declaration of Independence.
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burned
As home his footsteps he hath turned
From wandering on a foreign strand?
My Lord, I thank thee for the wisdom and love that is spoken through the lives of strong men and women. Grant that I may be willing to learn of them, and gladly serve where I am needed, remembering that thou art Lord of all. Amen.