Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by the Continental
Congress, on this day. From this moment on, the United States saw itself as independent
from Great Britain and its king, although the American War of Independence would
run for another 5 years.
was mostly the work of Thomas Jefferson. The first section of the work contains
hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they
are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these
are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
cannot be underestimated what a personal risk it was to the signatories of this
declaration. But they heroically stood firm against one of the greatest powers
the world had ever seen.
footnote: Two of the signatories of The Declaration of Independence, and two former
presidents, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, both die on this day in 1826, exactly
50 years after signing the Declaration.