1831 – Samuel Francis Smith writes “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” for the Boston, Massachusetts July 4 festivities.
“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”, also known as “America”, is an American patriotic song, whose lyrics were written by Samuel Francis Smith. The melody used is the same as that of the national anthem of the United Kingdom, “God Save the Queen”, arranged by Thomas Arne. The song served as one of the de facto national anthems of the United States (along with songs like “Hail, Columbia”) before the adoption of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the official anthem in 1931.
1826 – Stephen Foster, American songwriter and composer (d. 1864)
Stephen Collins Foster (July 4, 1826 – January 13, 1864), known as “the father of American music”, was an American songwriter primarily known for his parlor and minstrel music. Foster wrote over 200 songs; among his best-known are “Oh! Susanna”, “Hard Times Come Again No More”, “Camptown Races”, “Old Folks at Home” (“Swanee River”), “My Old Kentucky Home”, “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair”, “Old Black Joe”, and “Beautiful Dreamer”. Many of his compositions remain popular more than 150 years after he wrote them. His compositions are thought to be autobiographical. He has been identified as “the most famous songwriter of the nineteenth century” and may be the most recognizable American composer in other countries. His compositions are sometimes referred to as “childhood songs” because they have been included in the music curriculum of early education. Most of his handwritten music manuscripts are lost, but copies printed by publishers of his day can be found in various collections.
List of songs written by Stephen Foster
This is a list of songs written by Stephen Foster (1826-1864) including those published posthumously. Foster may have written words and/or music for each song.
Several of Foster’s songs have alternate titles which are included in the “Title” column along with the original title. The original title is always given first.
Remembering July 4, 1944…when WASP Susan Parker Clarke will killed flying for our country.
Susan was born in Cooperstown, New York, 1918. After graduating high school, she attended secretarial school in New York City. She earned her pilot’s license and had completed 35 hours when she was accepted into AAF Flight training.
She reported to Avenger Field in September, 1943 and graduated on March 11 as a member of class 44-W-2. After earning her silver WASP wings, Susan was sent to Fairfax Field, Kansas City, Missouri as a ferry pilot. She was killed on July 4, 1944 when the BT-13 she was ferrying crashed near Columbia, South Carolina.
On this July 4, 73 years later, may we never forget her sacrifice.