July 5

1775 The Second Continental Congress makes a final effort to seek reconciliation with Britain and end the fighting. The chief advocate of this effort was John Dickinson, a conservative delegate from Pennsylvania, who authored the Olive Branch Petition. The appeal is directed to George III personally. It issues a sharp protest against repressive British policies and asks the king to halt the war, repeal the Coercive Acts to bring about reconciliation. The king refused to receive the petition when it arrived to him in August of 1775.

1776 John Hancock president of the Second Continental Congress orders that copies of the Declaration of Independence be sent to the states.

For a Spiral Bound book with information on events that happened on each day of the year during the American Revolutionary Period click: American Revolutionary Period: 1760-1789

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