On This Day

What Happened in June 1776

Historical Events

United States Declaration of Independence

Jun 7 Richard Lee (Virginia) moves Declaration of Independence in Continental Congress

  • Jun 12 Virginia adopts Declaration of Rights
  • Jun 28 Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress
  • Jun 28 Charleston, South Carolina repulses British sea attack
  • Jun 29 Mission Dolores founded at San Francisco Bay by Lieutenant José Joaquin Moraga and Francisco Palóu

Historic Event

Jun 29 Virginia state constitution adopted and Patrick Henry made governor


Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 John George Schetky, American violoncellist, music teacher and composer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1831)
  • Jun 11 John Constable, English landscape painter (Hay Wain), born in East Bergholt, Suffolk, England (d. 1837)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 10 Leopold Widhalm, Austrian luthier, dies at 53
  • Jun 20 Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer, dies at 72
  • Jun 27 Thomas Hickey, plan to hand George Washington to British, executed
  • Jun 28 Thomas Hickey, American sergeant convicted of treason, hanged