United States Declaration of Independence

Date taken: July 4, 1776
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Author(s): Thomas Jefferson et al.

Historical Events

  • 1774-07-12 Citizens of Carlisle Penn, pass a declaration of independence
  • 1776-06-11 Continental Congress creates committee (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston) to draft a Declaration of Independence
  • 1776-06-28 Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress
  • 1776-07-01 1st vote on Declaration of Independence for Britain's North American colonies
  • 1776-07-04 US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Britain
  • 1776-07-06 American Declaration of Independence announced on front page of "PA Evening Gazette"
  • 1776-07-09 Declaration of Independence is read to George Washington's troops (NY)
  • 1776-08-02 Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people (date most accepted by modern historians)
  • 1776-08-10 American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.
  • 1791-08-19 Benjamin Banneker sends a copy of his Almanac and writes a letter to Thomas Jefferson criticizing his pro-slavery stance and requesting justice for African Americans using language from the Declaration of Independence

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