historical-fictionToday I am starting a new segment on my blog.  Each Friday as an alternative way of posting about a historical event that occurred on this day in history, I will weave the event into a fictional story while still providing all the necessary facts.




“Why the frown Krissy?”

“Dad, I have to write a paper about Independence Day and I don’t know what to write.”

“That is a good subject.  There are a lot of topics on July 4th to write about.”

“They’ve all been picked.  Mrs. Jones gave us a list of topics for Independence Day and by the time she came to me all the good ones had been selected.  I either have to write about parades or I can come up with my own topic and get it approved.”

“Parades doesn’t sound so bad but why don’t we go on the internet and see if we can find something that interests you.  Do you have the teachers list?”

Krissy handed her father the list and sat down at the computer.  Her father pulled a chair up next to her.   With Google Search displayed, Krissy typed Independence Day and clicked on the search icon.  Several pages of sources were displayed.

“Why don’t you click the one from Wikipedia.  It isn’t the best source but it would be a good place to get ideas for further research.”

Krissy clicked as her father suggested and a Wikipedia page about Independence Day was displayed.  Father and daughter began reading the page.

“Hey Dad.  Here’s an interesting fact”

In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on this memorable day.

“Seems like you may have found your topic.’

“I think so.  I could write about the coincidence and about the contributions by these Presidents as founding fathers.  Thanks Dad.





One response

  1. Birgit says:

    What a great way to weave the fact into a story. That is weird that 2 died on the same day and that it was July 4th