You may have heard that, on July 4th, 1776, England’s King George III wrote, “Nothing of importance happened today” in his diary.
This is the day his soon-to-be-ex subjects were ratifying their Declaration of Independence.
I, like most peddled this story as a historical fact, but recently discovered it to be false.
It turns out that, I was swindled by an old historic myth. King George III never even kept a diary!
Here’s the real story that weaved its way into the folklore of George III and into stories of the American Revolution.
On July 14, 1789 — the date of the storming of the Bastille — Louis XVI of France wrote in his diary “rien” (‘nothing’ in French). He was referring to a hunting trip where he came back empty-handed.
Somehow, this story collided with the independence of the United States of America, and retold over the years.
It is interesting how gossip can skew events of the past and create inaccurate pictures, sometimes presenting damaging situations.
Gossip is simply poisonous!
So if you’re still enslaved by this inaccurate information, this is an appeal to declare your independence from this historic misquote.
Happy 240th America!!!
What other things do you know about the 4th of July?