On This Day

What Happened in July 1776

Historical Events


USAUnited States Declaration of Independence

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

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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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  • Jul 2 New 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 and of right ought to be Free and 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

USALiberty Bell

Jul 4 According to popular legend the Liberty Bell rings for the Second Continental Congress

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The Liberty Bell on its ornate stand, 1872
The Liberty Bell on its ornate stand, 1872
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Yippee! It's Independence Day for the U.S.Yippee! It's Independence Day for the U.S.

Jul 4 US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Great Britain

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Thomas Jefferson presents the Declaration of Independence to John Hancock, president of the Congress. This painting by John Trumbull is kept in the Capitol building in Washington DC.
Thomas Jefferson presents the Declaration of Independence to John Hancock, president of the Congress. This painting by John Trumbull is kept in the Capitol building in Washington DC.
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Jul 6 American Declaration of Independence announced on front page of "PA Evening Gazette"

Presbyterian Minister John Witherspoon
Presbyterian Minister
John Witherspoon
  • Jul 8 Colonel 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

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 13 Caroline of Baden, Queen of Bavaria, born in Karlsruhe, Margraviate of Baden (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)