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9 History Questions Americans Often Get Wrong

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3. When was the Declaration of Independence signed?

Wrong Answer: July 4, 1776.

Correct Answer: August 2nd, 1776.

Although the Second Continental Congress initially met in Philadelphia to talk about the country’s future on July 1, 1776, and declared America’s independence from England on July 2, the FINAL draft of the Declaration of Independence document wasn’t finished until July 4—and wasn’t actually signed until August 2 of that year.

The date has long been disputed, but most historians have concluded that the Declaration of Independence was signed on August 2, 1776. So, as we mentioned above, it was signed nearly a month after its adoption, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.

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