Today in the Revolution ...
Second Congress issues "Declaration of the Causes & Necessity of Taking up Arms," listing grievances but denying intent to be independent.
Declaration of Independence announced on the front page of the Pennsylvania Evening Gazette.
British General John Burgoyne captures Fort Ticonderoga from the Americans.
Birthday of ...
Daniel Morgan. Age on 4 July 1776: 39.
John Paul Jones. Age on 4 July 1776: 28.
POOR RICHARD'S ALMANACK
Man's tongue is soft, and bone doth lack;
— Benjamin Franklin,1740