The Declaration of Independence – Today In Southern History

4 July 1776  

On this date in 1776…

The Second Continental Congress announced that it had unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, largely authored by Thomas Jefferson. (Actually adopted and signed on the 2ndof July)

Other Years:
  • 1584 – An expedition Sir Walter Raleigh dispatched and led by Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlowe to explore the eastern coast of North America arrived with the first colonists on Roanoke Island to establish Sir Walter Raleigh’s colony.
  • 1777 – Shawnee warriors attacked Boonesborough for a second time in four months. Again, the stockade proved too strong against the Shawnee assault and the Indians broke off the attack.
  • 1803 – The Louisiana Purchase was announced to the American people.
  • 1828 – Confederate General John Johnston Pettigrew was born in Tyrrell County, North Carolina.
  • 1863 – Vicksburg, Mississippi fell to federal forces.
  • 1863 – More than six hundred died in a failed Confederate assault on federal forts around Helena, Arkansas in an effort to relieve pressure on the besieged town of Vicksburg, Mississippi by drawing away federal troops.
  • 1870 – The Great Steamboat Race ended when the Robert E. Lee reached St. Louis, Missouri six hours and thirty-six minutes ahead of the Natchez.
  • 1881 – Booker T. Washington established the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama.
  • 1984 – Richard Petty won his 200th and final victory in the Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

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