What Happened in July 1776

Historical Events

AgreementUnited States Declaration of Independence

Jul 1 1st vote on Declaration of Independence for Britain's North American colonies

  • Jul 2 NJ Jersey gives the right to vote to all adults who could show a net worth of 50 pounds
  • Jul 2 Continental Congress resolves "these United Colonies are & of right ought to be Free & Independent States"

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Jul 2 At the Continental Congress, John Dickinson abstains from the votes that declare independence

Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson
Founding Father of the United States
John Dickinson
  • Jul 4 According to popular legend the Liberty Bell rings for the Second Continental Congress
  • Jul 4 US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Britain
  • Jul 6 American Declaration of Independence announced on front page of "PA Evening Gazette"
  • Jul 8 Col John Nixon gives the 1st public reading of the Declaration of Independence to an assemblage of citizens in Philadelphia
  • Jul 9 Declaration of Independence is read to George Washington's troops (NY)

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Jul 11 Captain James Cook begins his third voyage

Captain/Explorer James Cook
James Cook
  • Jul 12 Captain Cook departs with Resolution for 3rd trip to Pacific Ocean

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 13 Caroline of Baden, queen of Bavaria (d. 1841)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Francis Salvador, 1st Jew to die in American Revolutionary War
  • Jul 7 Jeremiah Markland, English classical scholar (b. 1693)
  • Jul 10 Richard Peters, English-born clergyman (b. 1704)