Today in history, The amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, is approved and signed by John Hancock–President of the Continental Congress–and Charles Thomson, Congress secretary. The state of New York abstains from signing in 1776.
Today in history, The fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, dies at the age of 73 in 1831.
Today in history, Henry David Thoreau (see picture below) begins his 26-month stay at Walden Pond in 1845.
Today in history, The poem America the Beautiful is first published in 1895.
Today in history, Boxer Joe Louis (see picture below) wins his first professional fight in 1934.
Today in history, The United States grants the Philippine Islands their independence in 1946.
Today in history, The 50-star flag makes its debut in Philadelphia in 1960.