Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1776 – The United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress (More info)

1826 – Former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both die on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence (More info)

1886 – The people of France offer the Statue of Liberty to the people of the United States (More info)

1895 – Katharine Lee Bates publishes ‘America the Beautiful’ (More info)

1966 – President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Freedom of Information Act into United States law (More info)

2009 – The Statue of Liberty’s crown reopens to the public after eight years of closure due to security concerns following the September 11 attacks (More info)