Independence Events in History



2014 Event - A 12-page letter written by Robert R. Livingston in 1775 is found by an archivist at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War; the letter explains why Livingston was chosen to help draft the Declaration of Independence

2013 Event - Following an elaborate two-day state funeral, national independence hero of Vietnam, General Vo Nguyen Giap, is buried

2013 Event - In Camp Nou, located in Barcelona, Catalonia, over 90,000 people attend the 'Concert per la llibertat' (Concert for freedom) for the independence of Catalonia

2013 Event - In preparation for the Scottish independence referendum, the Scottish Government agrees to alter the wording in its referendum because members expressed concerns that it might lead people to vote for it

2012 Event - A referendum on Scottish independence causes a clash between the United Kingdom's Westminster and Scottish governments

2011 Event - In the Papuan capital of Jayapura, about 10,000 Papuan people demonstrate in support of independence from India

2011 Event - Venezuelans celebrate 200 years of independence from Spain with a military parade and parties in the streets

2011 Event - Queen Elizabeth II visits Ireland's Croke Park in Dublin, where the Bloody Sunday massacre of 1920 occurred during the Irish War of Independence

2011 Event - In a referendum based on official figures, nearly 99% of South Sudanese voted for independence from the north

2010 Event - Chileans celebrate the 200th anniversary of their independence

2010 Event - Mexico celebrates its 200-year anniversary marking its independence from Spain

2009 Event - Kosovo holds its first local election since declaring independence from Serbia

2008 Event - Kosovo declares independence from Serbia

1993 Event - Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia after 30-year civil war

1991 Event - Ukrainian people vote for independence

1991 Event - Macedonia votes for independence from Yugoslavia

1991 Event - Soviet Union recognizes Estonian independence

1991 Event - U.S.S.R. recognizes independence of the 3 Baltic republics

1991 Event - U.S. officially recognizes independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

1991 Event - Moldavia declares independence from U.S.S.R.

1991 Event - Norway and Denmark recognize independence of former U.S.S.R. Baltic reps

1991 Event - Ukraine declares independence from U.S.S.R.

1991 Event - Latvia declares it's independence from U.S.S.R.

1991 Event - Estonia declares it's independence from U.S.S.R. itself independent

1991 Event - Slovenia and Croatia declare independence from Yugoslavia

1991 Event - Croatia declares independence

1991 Event - Soviet Republic of Georgia endorsed independence, Warsaw Pact dissolves

1991 Event - Iceland recognizes Lithuania's independence

1991 Event - Lithuania votes for independence from U.S.S.R.

1991 Event - Soviets storm buildings in Vilnius to block Lithuania independence

1990 Event - Armenia declares independence

1990 Event - Bosnia-Hercegovina declares independence

1990 Event - Ukraine declares independence

1990 Event - Moldavia declares independence

1990 Event - Latvia's parliament votes 138-0 (1 abstention) for Independence

1990 Event - Lithuania declares it's Independence

1990 Event - 200,000 demand return of Lithuania's independence

1989 Event - Zimbabwe gains independence

1988 Event - South Africa signs accord granting independence to South West Africa

1983 Event - Brunei gains complete independence from Britain

1983 Event - St. Kitts and Nevis declares independence from U.K.

1982 Death - Bess Truman, 1st lady (1945-53), dies in Independence, Mo at 97

1981 Event - According to South Africa, Ciskei gains independence Not recognized as an independent country outside South Africa

1981 Event - Antigua and Barbuda gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1981 Event - Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from U.K.

1981 Event - Belize declares independence

1980 Event - Vanuatu (New Hebrides) gains independence from Britain and France

1980 Event - Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) declares independence from UK

1979 Event - Great Britain grants independence to Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)

1979 Event - South Africa grants Venda independence (Not recognized out of South Africa)

1979 Event - Kiribati (formerly Gilbert Islands) declares independence from U.K.

1979 Event - Zimbabwe proclaims independence

1979 Event - St. Lucia gains independence from Britain

1978 Event - Dominica gains independence from U.K. and adopts constitution

1978 Event - Tuvalu (formerly Ellice Islands) declares independence from U.K.

1978 Event - Solomon Islands declares independence from U.K.

1977 Event - Dutch Antilles: premier Boy Rozendal points independence off

1977 Event - South Africa grants Bophuthatswana independence

1977 Event - Djibouti (Afars and Issas) claims Independence from France

1976 Birthday - Scott Vermillion, Independence, Missouri, soccer defender, 1996 Olympics gold

1976 Event - Transkei gains independence, not recognized outside of South Africa

1976 Event - Seychelles Independence, Independence day

1976 Event - Seychelles gains independence from Britain

1976 Event - Liberty Bell moves to new home behind Independence Hall

1975 Event - Netherlands grants Suriname independence (National Day)

1975 Event - Angola gains independence from Portugal (National Day)

1975 Event - Papua New Guinea gains independence from Australia (National Day)

1975 Event - Guinee-Bissau declares independence from Portugal

1975 Event - Sao Tome e Principe gains independence from Portugal (National Day)

1975 Event - Comoros declare independence from France

1975 Event - Cape Verde Is gain independence after 500 years of Portuguese rule

1975 Event - Mozambique gains independence from Portugal (National Day)

1975 Event - Portugal signs accord for Angola's independence

1974 Event - Referenda in Comoros-3 islands for independence, 1 stays French

1974 Event - U.N. affirms independence of Cyprus

1974 Event - Portugal recognizes independence of Rep of Guinea-Bissau

1974 Event - Grenada gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1973 Event - Guinea-Bissau declares independence

1973 Event - Bahamas declares Independence from U.K. and adopts constitution

1973 Death - Amilcar L Cabral, fought for Guinea Bissau independence, murdered 51

1971 Event - Bangladesh (East Pakistan) declares independence from Pakistan

1971 Event - United Arab Emirates, (Trucial States) declares independence from UK

1971 Event - Qatar regains complete independence from Britain

1971 Event - Qatar declares independence from Britain

1971 Event - Bahrain proclaims independence after 110 years of British rule

1971 Event - Bangladesh (East Pakistan) declares its independence

1970 Event - Fiji gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1970 Event - Khmer Republic (Cambodia) declares independence

1970 Event - Tonga, formerly Friendly Islands, declares independence from U.K.

1970 Event - Qatar gains independence from Britain

1970 Event - White government of Rhodesia declares independence from Britain

1968 Event - Equatorial Guinea (Spanish Guinea) declares independence from Spain

1968 Event - Swaziland gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1968 Event - Mauritius gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1968 Event - Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declares independence from Australia

1967 Event - Democratic People's republic of Yemen gains independence

1967 Event - People's Democratic Republic of Yemen declares independence from U.K.

1967 Event - People's Rep of South Yemen (Aden) gains independence from Britain

1967 Event - Biafra declares independence from Nigeria

1967 Event - Grenada gains partial independence from Britain

1967 Event - Dominica and St. Lucia gain independence from Britain

1967 Event - Dominica gains independence from England

1966 Event - Barbados gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1966 Event - Lesotho (Basutoland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1966 Event - Botswana (Bechuanaland) gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1966 Event - Bechuanaland gains independence from England, becomes Botswana

1966 Event - Guyana (formerly British Guiana) declares independence from UK

1965 Event - Rhodesia proclaimed independence from Britain by Prime Minister Ian D Smith

1965 Event - Singapore gains independence from Malaysia, National Day

1965 Event - Republic of Maldives gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1965 Event - Gambia gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1964 Event - Zambia (N Rhodesia) gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1964 Event - Malta gains independence from Britain

1964 Event - Malawi (formerly Nyasaland) declares independence from U.K.

1964 Event - Revolution overthrows Sultan of Zanzibar, 1 month after independence

1963 Event - Kenya (formerly British East Africa) declares independence from UK

1963 Event - Zanzibar gains independence from Britain

1963 Event - Independence is restored to Dominican Republic

1962 Event - Uganda declares independence from Great Britain

1962 Event - Trinidad and Tobago gain independence from Britain (National Day)

1962 Event - Algeria gains independence after 132 years of French rule

1962 Event - Algeria votes for independence

1962 Event - Burundi and Rwanda gain independence from Belgium (National Days)

1962 Event - French President de Gaulle calls for Algeria's independence

1962 Birthday - Julie Moran, TV hostess, Entertainment Tonight, Independence Day

1962 Event - Western Samoa gains independence from New Zealand, Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II becomes co-chief of Western Samoa

1961 Event - Tanganyika gains independence from Britain takes name Tanzania

1961 Event - Kuwait declares independence from U.K.

1961 Event - Sierra Leone declares independence from U.K.

1960 Event - Ivory Coast claims independence from France

1960 Event - Mauritania gains independence from France (National Day)

1960 Event - France grants Mauritania independence

1960 Event - Nigeria gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1960 Event - Mali, formerly French Sudan, declares independence from France

1960 Event - Senegal breaks from Mali federation, declaring independence

1960 Event - Gabon gains independence from France, National Day

1960 Event - Britain grants independence to crown colony of Cyprus

1960 Event - Congo (formerly Congo/Brazzaville) declares Independence from France

1960 Event - Central African Republic and Chad proclaim independence from France

1960 Event - Chad declares Independence from France

1960 Event - Ivory Coast, Cote d'Ivoore, gains independence from France

1960 Event - Burkina (formerly Upper Volta) declares independence from France

1960 Event - Niger gains independence from France

1960 Event - Benin (Dahomey) gains independence from France

1960 Event - Congo, Chad and Central African Republic declare independence

1960 Event - Ivory Coast, Dahomey, Upper Volta and Niger declare independence

1960 Event - Moise Tsjombe declares Congolese county Katanga independence

1960 Event - Italian Somaliland gains independence, unites with Somali Republic

1960 Event - Zaire (formerly Belgian Congo) declares independence from Belgium

1960 Event - British Somaliland (now Somalia) gains independence from Britain

1960 Event - Italian Somaliland declares independence from Italian-administration

1960 Event - Madagascar (formerly Malagasy Rep) declares independence from France

1960 Event - Madagascar gains independence of France

1960 Event - Togo (formerly French Togo) declares independence from French Admiral

1960 Event - Senegal declares independence from France

1960 Event - Chad declares independence from France

1960 Event - French Cameroon gains independence from France

1959 Event - Dom Mintoff demands independence for Malta

1959 Event - Britain, Turkey and Greece sign agreement granting Cyprus independence

1959 Event - King Boudouin promises Belgian Congo independence

1958 Event - Guinea (French Guinea) gains independence from France (National Day)

1958 Event - Guinea votes for independence from France

1958 Birthday - Dan McVicar, born in Independence, Missouri, actor, Clarke-Bold and Beautiful

1957 Event - Malayasia (formerly Malaya) gains independence from Britain

1957 Event - Harry S. Truman Library forms in Independence, Missouri

1957 Birthday - Margaret Colin, actress, Independence Day, Three Men and a Baby

1957 Event - Ghana (formerly Gold Coast) declares independence from U.K.

1956 Event - Morocco gains independence

1956 Event - France recognizes Tunisia's independence

1956 Event - Independence National Historical Park forms in Philadelphia

1956 Event - Tunisia gains independence from France

1956 Event - Morocco gains independence from France (Anniversary of throne)

1956 Event - Morocco tears up the Treaty of Fez, declares independence from France

1956 Event - Sudan (Anglo-Egyptian Sudan) declares independence from Egypt and U.K.

1955 Event - Austria regains full independence after 4-power occupation

1955 Event - Vienna Treaty: Brit, France, U.S. and U.S.S.R. restores Austria's independence

1954 Event - Laos gains its independence

1954 Birthday - Bill Pullman, actor, Sommersby, League of their Own, Independence Day

1954 Event - At Geneva, France agrees to independence of North and South Vietnam

1954 Event - France grants Vietnam independence inside French Union

1953 Event - Cambodia (now Kampuchea) gains independence within French Union

1953 Event - Laos gains full independence from France

1952 Birthday - Jeff Goldblum, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, actor, Fly, Jurassic Park, Independence Day

1952 Birthday - Mary McDonnell, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, actress, Sneakers, Independence Day

1951 Event - United Kingdom of Libya gains independence from Italy via United Nations

1950 Event - Indonesia gains independence from Netherlands

1949 Event - United States of Indonesia gains independence from Netherlands

1949 Event - Israel's 19 month war of independence ends

1949 Event - Bao Dai's Republic of Vietnam gains independence from France

1949 Event - British government grants Cyrenaica (East-Libya) independence

1948 Event - State of Eire, formerly Irish Free State, declares its independence

1948 Event - Ireland votes for independence from UK

1948 Birthday - Robert Spink, born in Haworth, Worth Valley, Yorkshire, England, Robert Michael Spink, politician, Independence Party, former Conservative Party member, became Member of Parliament for Castle Point in June, 2001

1948 Event - Israel declares independence from British administration

1948 Event - Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) declares independence from UK

1948 Event - Burma declares independence from UK

1947 Event - India declares independence from UK, Islamic part becomes Pakistan

1947 Event - Pakistan, formerly West Pakistan, declares independence from UK

1947 Event - India granted independence within British Commonwealth

1947 Event - Pakistan gains independence from Britain

1947 Event - King George VI signs Indian Independence Bill

1947 Event - British stop ships Independence and In-Gathering from landing in Israel

1946 Event - Philippines gains independence from U.S.

1946 Event - Jordan gains independence from Britain (National Day)

1946 Event - Syria declares independence from French administration

1946 Event - Syria gains independence from France

1946 Event - Britain signs treaty granting independence to Jordan

1946 Event - British premier Attlee agrees with India's right to independence

1945 Event - Ho Chi Minh declares Vietnam independence from France (National Day)

1945 Event - Indonesia (Dutch E Indies) declares independence from Netherlands

1945 Event - Japan declares Vietnam Independence

1945 Event - Japanese proclaim "independence" of Indo-China

1944 Event - Iceland declares independence from Denmark at Thingvallir, Iceland

1943 Event - Lebanon declares independence from French administration

1943 Event - Japan declares Philippine Independence (premier/president Jose Laurel)

1943 Event - Japan declares Burma Independence under U Ba Maw

1941 Event - Lebanon gains independence from France

1941 Event - Pro-nazi group declares Ukraine independence

1941 Event - Former Dutch Prime Minister Colijn says Netherlands Indies not ready for independence

1935 Event - Plebiscite in Philippines ratifies independence agreement

1934 Event - Tunisia began its move for independence

1934 Event - Philippine legislature accepts U.S. proposal for independence

1934 Event - U.S. Congress accepts Philippines independence in 1945

1933 Event - U.S. Congress recognize independence Philippines

1932 Event - Iraq gains full independence from Britain, joins League of Nations

1931 Event - British Statute of Westminster gives complete legislative independence to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, Newfndlnd

1930 Event - Great Britain signs accord for Independence of Iraq

1930 Event - 1st night organized baseball game Independence. Kansas

1929 Event - Indian National Congress proclaims goal for India's independence

1928 Event - Jawaharlal Nehru requests independence of India

1927 Event - Iraq gains independence from Britain, but British troops remain

1926 Event - Philippines government asks U.S. to plebiscite for independence

1923 Event - Turkey declares independence (successor state to Ottoman Empire)

1922 Event - Protocol of Genevia signed: Austria gains independence

1922 Event - Egypt regains independence from Britain, but British troops remain

1922 Event - Great Britain grants Egypt independence

1921 Birthday - Amilcar Cabral, worked for independence of Portuguese Africa

1921 Event - Mongolia gains independence from China (National Day)

1921 Event - Mongolia (formerly Outer Mongolia) declares independence from China

1920 Event - 1st peace of Riga-Soviet Union recognizes Independence of Latvia

1920 Event - U.S.S.R. recognizes Georgia's independence

1920 Event - Pogrom leader Petljoera declares Ukraine Independence

1920 Event - Greek Independence Day

1920 Event - Peace treaty gives Estonia independence

1920 Event - Estonia declares its Independence from Russia (Dorpat Peace)

1920 Event - Tarto/Dorpat peace treaty: U.S.S.R. recognizes Estonian independence

1920 Event - Georgia declares independence

1919 Event - Fiume (Rijeka) declares its Independence

1919 Event - Afghanistan declares independence from U.K.

1919 Event - Treaty of Rawalpindi, British recognize Afghanistan's independence

1919 Event - Harry S Truman marries Elizabeth Virginia Wallace in Independence

1919 Event - Armenia declares it's Independence

1919 Event - Demonstrations for Korean independence from Japan begin

1919 Event - Lithuania gains independence

1918 Event - Danish parliament passed an act to grant Iceland independence

1918 Event - Yugoslavia declares independence; monarchy established

1918 Event - Latvia declares independence from Russia

1918 Event - Poland declares independence

1918 Event - Independence of Poland proclaimed by Jozef Pilsudski

1918 Event - Poland proclaims independence from Russia after WW I

1918 Event - Czechoslovakia gains independence as Austria-Hungary breaks up

1918 Event - Czechoslovakia declares Independence from Austro-Hungarian Empire

1918 Event - Czechoslovakia forms independence republic

1918 Event - Georgian Social Democratic Republic declares independence from Russia

1918 Event - Latvia proclaims independence

1918 Event - Lithuania proclaims independence

1918 Event - Estonia declares independence from Russia

1918 Event - Lithuania declares independence from Russia and Germany (National Day)

1917 Event - Flanders declares it's independence, under Pieter Tack

1917 Event - Moldavian Republic declares independence from Russia

1917 Event - German-occupied Lithuania proclaims independence from Russia

1917 Event - Finland declares independence from Russia (National Day)

1916 Event - U.S. Congress accept Jones Act: Philippines independence

1915 Event - Thomas Masaryk demands independence for Czechoslovakia

1915 Event - Thomas Masaryk claims independence for Czechoslovakia

1912 Event - Albania declares independence from Turkey

1911 Birthday - Ginger Rogers, Independence, Missouri, dancer, Gay Divorcee

1910 Event - Union of South Africa declares independence from U.K.

1909 Event - Colombia recognizes Panama's independence

1908 Event - Bulgaria declares independence from Turkey, Ferdinand I becomes Tsar

1908 Event - Bulgaria declares independence from Ottoman Empire (Turkey)

1907 Event - New Zealand declares independence from U.K.

1906 Event - Great Britain, France and Italy grant Independence to Ethiopia

1904 Event - France and Spain sign treaty for Morocco Independence

1903 Event - USA recognizea independence of Panama

1903 Event - Colombia grants Panama independence

1902 Event - Cuba gains independence from Spain

1901 Event - Australia declares independence from federation of U.K. colonies

1898 Event - Philippine nationalists declares independence from Spain to U.S. control

1895 Event - Cuban war for independence begins

1894 Event - Korea declares independence from China, asks for Japanese aid

1889 Event - Players League begins, declaring independence from baseball's NL

1883 Event - Northern Pacific RR's last spike driven at Independence Creek, Mont

1881 Event - Transvaal regains independence under British suzerainty

1868 Event - Cuba revolts for independence against Spain

1868 Event - Grito de Lares proclaims Puerto Rico's independence (crushed by Spain)

1867 Event - Luxembourg gains independence

1862 Event - Great Britain and France recognizes independence of Zanzibar

1861 Event - Italy declares independence; Kingdom of Italy proclaimed

1854 Event - British recognize independence of Orange Free State (South Africa)

1853 Event - Buenos Aires gains independence from Argentina (reunited 1859)

1852 Event - British recognize independence of Transvaal (in South Africa)

1849 Event - Venice under Daniele Manin surrenders to Austrians under Radetsky, after been under siege since July 20 after proclaiming independence

1848 Event - Battle of Custoza-Italian War of Independence, starts

1848 Event - Neufchatel declares independence of Switzerland

1847 Event - Liberia declares independence from American Colonization Society

1847 Birthday - Alice Sophia Stopford Green, Ireland, proponent of Irish independence

1846 Event - California declares independence from Mexico in Sonoma

1846 Event - Yucatan declares independence from Mexico

1844 Event - Spain grants Dominican Rep independence

1844 Event - Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti (National Day)

1843 Event - 1st wagon train, 1000+ depart Independence Missouri for Oregon

1842 Event - U.S. recognizes independence of Hawaii

1841 Event - 1st emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri for California

1838 Event - Honduras declares independence of Central American Federation

1838 Event - Nicaragua declares independence from Central American federation

1836 Event - Spain recognizes independence of Mexico

1836 Event - Battle of San Jacinto, in which Texas wins independence from Mexico

1836 Event - Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico

1832 Death - Charles Carroll, large landowner, signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 95

1831 Event - Belgium gains independence from Netherlands, Leopold I made king

1828 Event - Uruguay gains independence during Brazil-Argentina peace talk

1828 Event - Russia declares war on Turkey to support Greece's independence

1825 Event - Uruguay declares independence from Brazil (National Day)

1825 Event - Bolivia gains independence from Peru (National Day)

1823 Event - United Provinces of Central America gain independence from Mexico

1822 Event - Brazil declares independence from Portugal (National Day)

1822 Event - Pedro I, son of king Joao VI, declares Brazil independence

1822 Event - Battle of Pichincha, Bolivar secures independence of Quito from Spain

1821 Event - Santo Domingo (Dominican Rep) proclaims independence from Spain

1821 Event - Panama declares independence from Spain

1821 Event - Mexican Empire declares its independence

1821 Event - Mexico declares independence

1821 Death - William Floyd, U.S. soldier/signer of Declaration of Independence, dies at 86

1821 Event - Peru declares independence from Spain (National Day)

1821 Event - Greece gains independence from Turkey (National Day)

1821 Event - Mexico gains independence from Spain

1820 Event - Cuenca Ecuador declares independence

1820 Death - William Ellery, U.S. attorney signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 92

1819 Event - Congress of Angostura establishes Colombia's independence from Spain

1818 Event - Chile gains independence from Spain

1817 Death - Thomas McKean, U.S. attorney/signer Declaration of Independence, dies at 83

1816 Event - Argentina declares independence from Spain

1814 Death - Elbridge Gerry, U.S. merchant and signer Declaration of Independence, dies at 70

1814 Death - Robert Treat Paine, U.S. judge, signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 83

1814 Event - Norway's independence proclaimed

1813 Death - Benjamin Rush, physician and abolotionist, signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 67

1813 Death - Robert R Livingston, U.S. diplomat signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 66

1813 Death - George Clymer, U.S. merchant signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 73

1811 Event - Cartagena Colombia declares independence from Spain

1811 Event - El Salvador's 1st battle against Spain for independence

1811 Death - William Williams, U.S. merchant and signer, Declaration of Independence, dies at 80

1811 Event - Venezuela, 1st South American country to gain independence from Spain

1811 Death - Samuel Chase, U.S. judge signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 70

1811 Event - Paraguay gains independence from Spain (National Day)

1810 Event - Chile declares independence from Spain (National Day)

1810 Event - Mexico issues Grito de Dolores, which called for the end of Spanish rule Mexican Independence Day celebrates this event

1810 Event - Colombia declares independence from Spain

1810 Event - Argentina declares independence from Napoleonic Spain (National Day)

1809 Event - Ecuador declares independence from Spain (National Day)

1809 Event - Sweden declares independence, constitutional monarchy established

1806 Death - James Smith, Irish / U.S. attorney and signer Declaration of Independence, dies at 87

1806 Death - George Wythe, U.S. attorney, signed Declaration of Independence, dies at about 79

1804 Death - Caesar Rodney, U.S. judge signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 62

1804 Event - Haiti gains independence from France (National Day)

1803 Death - Matthew Thornton, Irish / U.S. physician and signer Declaration of Independence, dies at 88

1802 Death - Francis Lewis, Welsh / U.S. merchant and signer Declaration of Independence, dies at 89

1801 Event - Toussaint L'Ouverture declares Haitian independence

1800 Death - Edward Rutledge, U.S. attorney, signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 50

1799 Death - William Paca, U.S. judge/signer Declaration of Independence, dies at 58

1798 Death - George Read, U.S. judge/signer Declaration of Independence, dies at 65

1798 Death - James Wilson, Scottish lawyer, U.S. judge, signer of the Declaration of Independence, dies at 55

1798 Death - Lewis Morris, U.S. farmer signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 71

1797 Death - Oliver Wolcott, U.S. judge/signer of Declaration of Independence, dies at 71

1797 Death - Carter Braxton, U.S. boer/signer Declaration of Independence, dies at 61

1797 Death - Francis Lightfoot Lee, U.S. farmer, signer Declaration of Independence, dies at 62

1796 Event - 1st Independence Day celebration is held

1796 Death - Samuel Huntington, U.S. judge signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 64

1795 Death - Josiah Bartlett, U.S. physician and judge, signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 65

1794 Death - Richard H Lee, U.S. farmer signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 62

1793 Death - John Hancock, U.S. merchant and signer Declaration of Independence, dies at 56

1793 Death - Thomas Mckean, U.S. attorney/signer Declaration of Independence, dies at 72

1790 Death - Lyman Hall, U.S. physician and signer Declaration of Independence, dies at 66

1790 Death - William Hooper, U.S. attorney and signer Declaration of Independence, dies at 48

1788 Death - John Penn, U.S. attorney, signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 47

1787 Death - Arthur Middleton, U.S. farmer signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 44

1785 Death - William Whipple, merchant, judge, and signer Declaration of Independence, dies at 55

1785 Death - Stephen Hopkins, U.S. judge/signer Declaration of Independence, dies at 78

1784 Death - Caesar Rodney, U.S. judge/singer Declaration of Independence, dies at 55

1783 Event - Sweden recognizes U.S. independence

1783 Event - Spain recognizes U.S. independence

1782 Event - Britain signs agreement recognizing U.S. independence

1781 Death - Richard Stockton, U.S. attorney, signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 50

1779 Death - Joseph Hewes, U.S. merchant and signer Declaration of Independence, dies at 49

1779 Death - George Ross, U.S. judge/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 49

1779 Death - John Heart, U.S. farmer signed Declaration of Independence, dies at about 68

1778 Birthday - Bernardo O'Higgins, won independence for Chile

1778 Death - Philip Livingston, U.S. merchant, signed Declaration of Independence, dies at 62

1777 Event - France recognizes independence of English colonies in America

1777 Event - Vermont declares independence from NY

1777 Event - People of New Connecticut, Vermont, declare independence from England

1776 Event - Formal signing of Declaration of Independence

1776 Event - Declaration of Independence is read to George Washington's troops, New York

1776 Event - John Nixon gave 1st public reading of Decleration of Independence in Philadelphia

1776 Event - Declaration of Independence announced on front page of "Pennsylvania Evening Gazette"

1776 Event - Declaration of Independence - U.S. gains independence from Britain

1776 Event - 1st vote on Declaration of Independence

1776 Event - Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to U.S. Congress

1776 Event - Continental Congress create a committee to draft Declaration of Independence

1776 Event - Continental Congress appoints a committee to write a Declaration of Independence

1776 Event - Richard Lee moves Declaration of Independence in Continental Congress

1776 Event - Rhode Island declares independence from England

1776 Event - Halifax resolution for independence adopted by North Carolina

1775 Event - Citizens of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina declare independence of Britain

1774 Event - Citizens of Carlisle Penn, pass a declaration of independence

1756 Birthday - John Trumbull, U.S. painter, Declaration of Independence

1753 Birthday - Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla, father of Mexican independence

1749 Birthday - Edward Rutledge, Gov-SC, attorney/signer Declaration of Independence

1749 Birthday - Thomas Lynch, signer, Declaration of Independence

1746 Birthday - Thomas Heyward, soldier, signed Declaration of Independence

1745 Birthday - Benjamin Rush, Byberry, Pennsylvania, physician, general and signer, Declaration of Independence

1742 Birthday - James Wilson, Scottish lawyer, U.S. judge, signer of the Declaration of Independence

1742 Birthday - Arthur Middleton, signer, Declaration of Independence

1742 Birthday - William Hooper, U.S. attorney signed Declaration of Independence

1741 Birthday - John Penn, U.S. attorney, signed Declaration of Independence

1741 Birthday - Samuel Chase, judge, signed Declaration of Independence

1740 Birthday - William Paca, U.S. judge/signer, Declaration of Independence

1739 Birthday - George Clymer, U.S. merchant, signed Declaration of Independence

1738 Birthday - Thomas Nelson, merchant, signer of Declaration of Independence

1737 Birthday - Charles Carroll, signed Declaration of Independence

1737 Birthday - John Hancock, patriot, 1st to sign Declaration of Independence

1736 Birthday - Carter Braxton, U.S. farmer/signer, Declaration of Independence

1734 Birthday - William Floyd, U.S. soldier/signer, Declaration of Independence

1734 Birthday - Francis Lightfoot Lee, U.S. farmer/signer Declaration of Independence

1734 Birthday - Robert Morris, merchant, signed Declaration of Independence

1733 Birthday - George Read, U.S. judge/signer, Declaration of Independence

1732 Birthday - Richard H Lee, U.S. farmer, signed Declaration of Independence

1731 Birthday - William Williams, U.S. merchant signed Declaration of Independence

1731 Birthday - Robert Treat Paine, judge, signer, Declaration of Independence

1730 Birthday - Richard Stockton, U.S. attorney/signer Declaration of Independence

1730 Birthday - George Ross, U.S. judge, signed Declaration of Independence

1730 Birthday - Joseph Hewes, U.S. merchant, Declaration of Independence signer

1730 Birthday - William Whipple, merchant/judge, Declaration of Independence signer

1729 Birthday - Josiah Bartlett, U.S. physician/judge/signer Declaration of Independence

1728 Birthday - Caesar Rodney, Delaware, judge/signer, Declaration of Independence

1727 Birthday - William Ellery, U.S. attorney/signer Declaration of Independence

1726 Birthday - Oliver Wolcott, U.S. judge/signer Declaration of Independence

1726 Birthday - Oliver Wolcott, Ct-Gov, signed Declaration of Independence

1726 Birthday - Lewis Morris, U.S. farmer signed Declaration of Independence

1726 Birthday - Abraham Clark, farmer/lawyer, signed Declaration of Independence

1724 Birthday - Lyman Hall, U.S. physician, signed Declaration of Independence

1723 Birthday - John Witherspoon, clergyman/signed Declaration of Independence

1721 Birthday - Roger Sherman, signer, Articles of Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution

1719 Event - Liechtenstein declares independence from German empire

1716 Birthday - Philip Livingston, merchant, signed Declaration of Independence

1713 Birthday - Francis Lewis, signer, Declaration of Independence

1707 Birthday - Stephen Hopkins, Governor of Rhode Island signed Declaration of Independence

1682 Event - Nationally Council accept independence of French church

1648 Event - Switzerland's independence recognized

1640 Event - Portugal regains independence after 60 years of Spanish rule

1598 Event - Deed of Transfers proclaims Netherlands independence

1385 Event - Portuguese defeat Castilians at Aljubarrota, retain independence

1322 Event - Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeats King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland's independence

1314 Event - Battle of Bannockburn; Scotland regains independence from England

1291 Event - Everlasting League forms, basis of Swiss Confederation (Independence)













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