March 21st, 2017

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Signers, rebels, and sports

On this date in 1713, Francis Lewis was born in Llandaff, Wales. He moved to Whitestone, New York, in 1734. He was a member of the Committee of Sixty, a member of the New York Provincial Congress, and was elected a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1775. In 1776, he signed the Declaration of Independence, and in 1778, he signed the United States Articles of Confederation. From 1779 to 1780, he served as the Chairman of the Continental Board of Admiralty. His son, Morgan Lewis, served in the army during the Revolutionary War, and later served as Governor of New York. Francis Lewis died on December 31, 1802.

On this date in 1861, Alexander Stephens (who would become Vice President of the Confederate States of America) gave the Cornerstone Speech, outlining the differences between the Constitutions of the USA and the CSA. He had previously served in the US House of Representatives, and would do so again after the Civil War, as well as serving as the Governor of Georgia in the 1880s.

On this date in 1980, President Jimmy Carter announced a United States boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet war in Afghanistan.