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History's Happenings for July 6

Revolutionary War Declared
1775

The Spirit of '76

On this date in 1775, the Second Continental Congress, meeting to address the issue of war with Britain after the undeclared battles of Lexington, Concord, Bunker Hill and Fort Ticonderoga, issued a paper entitled Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms.

This was an explanation to a generally doubting public as to why the Colonies now found themselves at war with their mother country. It was also the formal declaration to Britain that a state of war existed between us.

Birth of Captain John Paul Jones
1747

Captain John Paul Jones

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Brits Take Fort Ticonderoga
1777

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Republican Party Founded
1854

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Lawrence of Arabia Captures Aqaba
1917

T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia)

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U.S.S.R. Established By Bolsheviks
1923

Bolshevik leader V. I. Lenin

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Truman Establishes Medal of Freedom
1945

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Birth of President George W. Bush
1946

President George W. Bush

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