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On our founding anniversary July 9, 2015, we also celebrated other NYC moments:
1776 George Washington orders that the Declaration of Independence be read to the Continental Army in New York City.
1858 Famed New York anthropologist Franz Boas born in Germany. His emphasis on the empirical study of the diffusion of religious ideas counters 19th Century ideas of religious evolution.
1868 African Americans granted full citizenship and everyone granted the right to due process of law in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
1896 William Jennings Bryan delivers his "Cross of Gold" speech that excoriated Wall Street bankers and their "hard money" policies at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The New York Times went apoplectic, sneering that "under the spell of the oratory of the gifted blatherskite from Nebraska, the convention went into spasms of enthusiasm."
1933 Columbia University neurologist Oliver Sacks born (died August 30, 2015). Described how the Reformation leader Martin Luther found freedom through faith from an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
1957 Billy Graham crusades at Madison Square Garden. an off-duty NYC policeman brings from his patrol beat a loudly abusive couple who have their lives turned around and their neighborhood quietens down.
2011 Southern Sudan becomes a nation.
2015 Observance of the anniversary of the execution by a firing squad in Tabriz, Persia, of the 30 year old Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad, the Bab, the prophet-herald of the Baha’i Faith.