The Fourth Of July!!!
rataplan \rat-uh-PLAN\, verb:
1. To produce the sound as of the beating of a drum.
1. A sound of or as of the beating of a drum.2. A tattoo, as of a drum, the hooves of a galloping horse, or machine-gun fire.
Rataplan's origin is French, though its meaning is entirely imitative.
- an obscure form of rock which you only learn about from someone slightly more hip than yourself.
Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Rilo Kiley, etc.
fourth of july
- The day people light things on fire, and blame it on loving their country.
police officer: hey, you kids, that type of fireworks is illegal!
kid: dude, its the fourth of july. just showing some love for my country.
police officer: oh. in that case. toss me an m-80.
- Fourth of July (US): Anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress (July 4, 1776). It is the greatest secular holiday in the country. Celebrating the day became common only after the War of 1812. Thereafter, civic-minded groups worked to link the ideals of democracy and citizenship to the patriotic spirit of the day.
- Walden: Henry David Thoreau took up abode in a small cabin he built himself near Walden Pond, where he spent two years in simple living (1845)
- Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland: Lewis Carroll told Alice Liddell the tale that became the book (1862)
- Lou Gehrig: afflicted by ALS, he bid farewell to fans at Yankee Stadium, calling himself that day "the luckiest man on the face of the Earth" (1939)
- Philippines: gained independence from the US (1946)
- Operation Entebbe: hostages taken by pro-Palestinian hijackers were rescued by Israeli commandos in Uganda (1976)
- Deep Impact: space probe fulfilled its primary mission by colliding with Comet 9P/Tempel to allow examination of the comet's interior (2005)
- Nathaniel Hawthorne 1804
- Giuseppe Garibaldi 1807
- Stephen Foster 1826
- Calvin Coolidge (U.S.) 1872 - 30th President of the United States
- Rube Goldberg 1883
- Louis Armstrong 1900
- George Murphy 1902
- Gloria Stuart 1910
- Mitch Miller 1911
- Virginia Graham 1913
- Ann Landers 1918
- Abigail Van Buren 1918
- Leona Helmsley 1920
- Eva Marie Saint 1924
- Gina Lollobrigida 1928
- Al Davis 1929
- George Steinbrenner 1930
- Ray Pillow 1937
- Bill Withers 1938
- Ed Bernard 1939
- Karolyn Grimes 1940
- Geraldo Rivera 1943
- Al Wilson (Canned Heat) 1943
- Jeremy Spencer 1948 - Musician (Fleetwood Mac)
- R.J. Johnson 1949 - Writer, producer
- Domingo Ortiz (Widespread Panic) 1952
- John Waite 1955
- Kirk Pengilly (INXS) 1958
- Signy Coleman 1960
- Teddy Carr (Ricochet) 1960
- Matt Malley (Counting Crows) 1963
- Mark Slaughter (Slaughter) 1964
- William Goldsmith 1972
- Jenica Bergere 1974