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Famous Folks Sharing A Birthday With America

Ann Landers

Neil Simon

Gina Lollobrigida

Calvin Coolidge

Louis B. Mayer

Eva Marie Saint

Famous Folks That Died On The 4th Of July

John Adams

Thomas Jefferson

James Monroe

Charles Kuralt

Independence Day By The Numbers

Fireworks - $121.6 million: U.S. imports of fireworks from China in 2001, the bulk of total U.S. fireworks imports ($128.9 million) that year. U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, amounted to $18.0 million, with Japan purchasing more than any other single country ($7.0 million).

The Fourth of July Cookout—Where the Food Originates: As of 1999, 66 million Americans said they had attended a barbeque during the previous year and 32 million had attended a picnic.

Hamburgers: Texas was the leading state in the production of cattle and calves, accounting for 7.5 billion lbs. of the nation's total production of 42.8 billion lbs. in 2000.

Hot Dogs and Ribs: Iowa had a total inventory of 14.9 million hogs and pigs as of March 1, 2002—about one-fourth of the nation's total.

Chicken: In 2001, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi and Texas each produced more than $1 billion in chicken products. These states combined for well over half of the nation's broiler production.

Salad: Nearly three-quarters of all U.S. lettuce was grown in California in 2001.

Ketchup: Florida and California accounted for nearly two-thirds of U.S. tomato production in 2001.

Baked Beans: North Dakota and Nebraska produced nearly half of America's dry, edible beans in 2001.

Potato Salad: Idaho and Washington accounted for one-half of potato production in 2001.

Watermelon: California, Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Arizona combined for almost three-quarters of the value of watermelon production in 2001.

Coming to America: 56 million is the number of foreign-born and first-generation U.S. residents in 2000, the highest level in U.S. history. This group represented a ratio of 1 in 5 residents. The foreign-born population alone was estimated at 28 million, or 1 in 10 U.S. residents. Naturalized citizens represented 37% of the nation's foreign-born population in 2000. Six states had estimated foreign-born populations of 1 million or more in 2000: California (8.8 million), New York (3.6 million), Florida (2.8 million), Texas (2.4 million), New Jersey (1.2 million), and Illinois (1.2 million). In 2000, one-half of the foreign-born population was from Latin America. More than one-quarter of the foreign-born were from Mexico alone.

Patriotic-Sounding Places: Number of places nationwide with Liberty in their name. According to Census 2000, the most populous one was Liberty, Mo. (26,232). Iowa has more of these places than any other state: four (Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty, and West Liberty). Eleven places have Independence in their name. The most populous of these is Independence, Mo., where Census 2000 counted 113,288 residents. Five places adopted the name Freedom; Freedom, California, with 6,000 residents on Census Day 2000, had the largest population among these. There is one place named Patriot—Patriot, Indiana, with a population of 202 in 2000. There are five places across the nation with America in their name, the most populous being American Fork, Utah, with 21,941 residents on Census Day 2000.