Wednesday, July 10, 2013

July 11: "In God We Trust"

On this date in History ... July 11, 1956:

In the decades following the Civil War, "In God We Trust" appeared on most coins. Since 1938, the motto has appeared on all American coinage. 

On July 11, 1956, during the height of the Cold War struggle with the officially atheist Soviet Union, Congress passed a joint resolution, signed by President Dwight Eisenhower, declaring "In God We Trust" to be the national motto. 

The following year, on Oct. 1, the motto appeared for the first time on paper currency - on the back of the dollar bill.

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