This Day in History: July 4

John Trumbull's depiction of July 4, 1776

1776 – Declaration of Independence approved by Second Continental Congress. The Declaration of Independence, adopted this day in 1776 by the Second Continental Congress, called for the American colonies to secede from Great Britain, a proclamation now commemorated by a U.S. national holiday.


1946 – The Republic of the Philippines was proclaimed an independent country, with Manuel Roxas as its first president.

Jack Johnson

1910 – In what was billed as the “Fight of the Century,” African American boxerJack Johnson defeated James Jackson Jeffries, who was considered the “Great White Hope”; his victory led to nationwide celebrations by African Americans that were occasionally met by violence from whites, resulting in more than 20 deaths across the country.

Statue of Liberty

1884 – The Statue of Liberty was presented to the United States by the French in Paris.

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