Today in History, July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence adopted

One of the 25 known survivors from the original copies made upon the Declaration's approval on July 4, 1776, on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center in 2010.

Today is July 4. This is Independence Day. On this date in:


The Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.


The United States Military Academy officially opened at West Point, New York.


Ground was broken for the Erie Canal in Rome, New York. The middle section of the waterway took three years to complete; the entire canal was finished in 1825.


Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both pass away on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.


The first edition of the poetry collection “Leaves of Grass” by American poet Walt Whitman was published.


The Centennial Exposition of the Ohio Valley and Central States of 1888, held in Cincinnati at Music Hall and the surrounding area, began its four-month run in honor of the city’s 100th birthday.

Centennial of The Ohio Valley, 1888. A covered bridge over Elm street connected Music Hall and the Exposition Buildings in Washington Park, Cincinnati, Ohio.


During a ceremony in Paris honoring the French hero of the American Revolution, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles E. Stanton, an aide to Maj. Gen. John J. Pershing, declared: “Lafayette, we are here!”


Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees delivered his farewell speech in which he called himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

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