The 4th of July: The day America’s independence was declared from Great Britain … right? As you sit down with family and friends this weekend to enjoy fireworks, parades, great food, and nice weather, try bringing this fun fact to the table: Our country’s independence wasn’t actually declared on July 4. It was declared two days earlier, on July 2, 1776.
On that night, the Pennsylvania Evening Post printed: “This day, the Continental Congress declared the United Colonies Free and Independent States.” America had officially broken free of British domination, working and existing to please a king they didn’t know.
So what really happened on July 4 then? This day marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence (the document that justified America’s right to rebel against a government that didn’t guarantee natural rights).
By July 9, 1776, a copy of the Declaration of Independence had made it to New York City. (Can you imagine a world where it takes nearly a week for news like this to travel? Think about how much faster it would’ve spread with today’s network connections and infrastructure!) The document was read aloud by George Washington in front of City Hall while a wild crowd cheered him on – and then tore down a nearby statue of George III. (Another fun trivia fact you can use this weekend: That same statue was later melted down and shaped into 42,000+ musket balls for the American army to use, according to The History Channel.)
The actual Declaration of Independence signing ceremony happened almost a month later, on Aug. 2, 1776.
Even though America’s actual “declaration” didn’t occur on July 4, we still choose this day to celebrate our freedom, along with the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – and America’s establishment as an independent nation.
Our right to choose impacts us at all levels, and that’s something to remember year-round. Here at Belden, it also reminds us that we have a choice in what we do and how we do it. If there’s a chance for improvement, we have the opportunity to act.
Belden’s Traceable Bonded-Pair Patch Cords are a great example of choosing improvement. Not only do the patch cords have a few features that remind us of a festive 4th of July fireworks show – they light up on both ends with red LEDs, and are available in eight jacket colors, including red, white, and blue – they provide an alternative to industry-standard patch cords.
Other patch cords use stranded conductors, which are less reliable and more likely to fail when bent, tripped over, or redeployed several times. As you know, cable failure leads to downtime – and downtime leads to lost revenue.
Made with bonded-pair cable just like Belden’s standard patch cords, the cable bonds individual insulated conductors together along the longitudinal axis to achieve uniform conductor-to-conductor spacing. This leads to better patch cord stability and electrical performance, despite bending, coiling or pulling. To improve strain relief in high-density installations, an over-molded boot offers cable protection.
Belden’s Traceable Bonded-Pair Patch Cords also quickly and easily identify and trace network connections. Built-in barcodes on the patch cords permit data center tracking. The cords can be scanned as part of a DCIM system to help you see, understand, manage, and improve specific data center infrastructure components. By finding and resolving mistakes and erroneous network connections faster, you’ll prevent downtime and save money with Belden’s Traceable Bonded-Pair Patch Cords.
America declared its independence from Great Britain 239 years ago this month – and now you can declare your independence from standard industry patch cords!
For more information about Belden’s Traceable Bonded-Pair Patch Cords, contact your local sales representative or schedule a call with one of our experts!
Kristen is the Vice President/General Manager of Belden Industrial Cyber Security. She has previously held the role of Vice President of Marketing for the Enterprise Platform and before that worked within the product line management team and Mohawk brand. She started with Belden as a summer intern in 2010 and joined full time in 2011. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities with family and two Australian Shepherds.