A Brief History
On January 1, 1735, Paul Revere, silversmith and patriot, was born, starting a long line of famous Americans born on the first of the year. Which one of these New Year’s babies do you rate as the greatest? Feel free to nominate your own choice.
Paul Revere, Revolutionary, 1735
Anthony Wayne, General, 1745
Betsy Ross, Flag Designer, 1752
Frank Knox, World War II Secretary of the Navy, 1874
William J. Donovan, General and Master Spy, 1883
Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI, 1895
Hank Greenberg, 1911, Baseball player
J. D. Salinger, Army veteran and author, 1919
Doak Walker, Heisman Trophy Winner, Football player, 1927
Frank Langella, Actor, 1938
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For more information, please see…
Buckley, James Jr. Who Was Betsy Ross? Penguin Workshop, 2014
Miller, Joel. The Revolutionary Paul Revere. Thomas Nelson, 2010
The featured image in this article, a photograph of six different Bicentennial buttons designed and sent by two art teachers to President Gerald R. Ford, is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work prepared by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code.
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