Pat Shingleton: "Thunder and a Thunderous Speech"
Goodbye June and hello July. Leading up to Independence Day, this Saturday, I will present some columns on events that occurred in Pennsylvania, 239 years ago. On July 1, 1776, the debate continued in Philadelphia concerning whether the 13 American colonies should declare their independence from Great Britain. John Dickinson appealed for loyalty to Britain. However, when John Adams began his oration a summertime thunderstorm erupted. He delivered a powerful speech in the midst of lightning and rolling thunder.Similar to our afternoon thunderstorms that darken our skies, at Independence Hall, candles were lit for the Continental Congress as Adams continued his passionate address that some believed was louder than the weather outside. The following day the momentous vote was taken during another thunderstorm. Two days later, a cold front slipped to the city and its passage ushered in cool air for Philadelphia and for the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July. More July 4th stories tomorrow and all of my columns are available at www.PatShingleton.com.