On This Day

What Happened on August 2, 1776

Historical Events


USAUnited States Declaration of Independence

Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people (date most accepted by modern historians)

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Engrossed copy of the United States Declaration of Independence
Engrossed copy of the United States Declaration of Independence
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Famous Deaths

  • Louis Fran├žois I, Prince of Conti, French nobleman and military leader, dies at 58
1776 Highlights

About August 2, 1776

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 244 years, 4 months and 1 day
Leap Year: Yes

Star Sign: Leo