Hereís a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

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

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

1895 ñ Katharine Lee Bates publishes 'America the Beautiful' (More info)

1939 ñ Lou Gehrig, stricken with ALS, makes his farewell at Yankee Stadium (More info)

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