Historical Events in July 1776

Engrossed copy of the United States Declaration of Independence
Engrossed copy of the United States Declaration of Independence
  • 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 & 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
  • Jul 4 According to popular legend the Liberty Bell rings for the Second Continental Congress

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

Presbyterian Minister John Witherspoon
Presbyterian Minister
John Witherspoon

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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