Historical Events for Year 1776
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Jan 1st - Gen George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag
Jan 2nd - 1st revolutionary flag displayed
Jan 2nd - Austria ends interregation torture
Jan 5th - Assembly of New Hampshire adopts its 1st state constitution
Jan 10th - "Common Sense" Pamphlet by Thomas Paine, published advocating American independence
Jan 16th - Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks
Jan 18th - James Wright, Royal Governor of Georgia, is placed under house arrest by Major Joseph Habersham
Jan 24th - Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga.
Feb 8th - Wolfgang von Goethes' "Stella," premieres in Hamburg
Feb 17th - 1st volume of Gibbon's "Decline & Fall of Roman Empire" published
Mar 2nd - Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston
Historian Edward Gibbon Mar 3rd - US commodore Esek Hopkins occupies Nassau Bahamas
Mar 4th - The American War of Independence: The Americans capture Dorchester Heights dominating the port of Boston, Massachusetts.
Mar 9th - Publication of the economics book The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith.
Mar 17th - British forces evacuate Boston to Nova Scotia during Revolutionary War
Mar 25th - Continental Congress authorized a medal for George Washington
Mar 28th - Juan Bautista de Anza finds the site for the Presidio of San Francisco.
Apr 1st - Friedrich von Klinger's "Sturm und Drang" premieres in Leipzig
First US President George Washington Apr 3rd - George Washington receives honorary Ll.D. degree from Harvard College
Apr 7th - Captain John Barry and the USS Lexington captures the Edward.
Apr 12th - Halifax resolution for independence adopted by North Carolina
Apr 15th - Duchess of Kingston found guilty of bigamy
May 1st - Adam Weishaupt founds secret society of Illuminati
May 2nd - France & Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels
May 4th - Rhode Island declares independence from Britain
May 12th - Turgot, French minister of Finance, resigns
Jun 7th - Richard Lee (VA) moves Decl of Independence in Continental Congress
American Founding Father Robert R. Livingston Jun 11th - Continental Congress creates committee (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston) to draft a Declaration of Independence
Jun 12th - Virginia adopts Declaration of Rights
Jun 23rd - Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress
Jun 28th - Charleston, SC repulses British sea attack
Jun 29th - Mission Dolores founded by San Francisco Bay
Jun 29th - Virginia state constitution adopted & Patrick Henry made governor
Jul 1st - 1st vote on Declaration of Independence for Britain's North American colonies
Jul 2nd - NJ Jersey gives the right to vote to all adults who could show a net worth of 50 pounds
Jul 2nd - Continental Congress resolves "these United Colonies are & of right ought to be Free & Independent States"
Jul 4th - According to popular legend the Liberty Bell rings for the 2nd Continental Congress
Jul 4th - US congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Britain
Jul 6th - American Declaration of Independence announced on front page of "PA Evening Gazette"
Jul 8th - Col John Nixon gave 1st public reading of Decaration of Independence (Philadelphia)
Jul 9th - Declaration of Independence is read to George Washington's troops (NY)
Captain/Explorer James Cook Jul 11th - Captain James Cook begins his third voyage
Jul 12th - Captain Cook departs with Resolution for 3rd trip to Pacific Ocean
Aug 2nd - Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people
Aug 10th - American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.
Aug 27th - British defeat Americans in Battle of Long Island
Aug 29th - Americans withdraw from Manhattan to Westchester
Aug 30th - US army evacuates Long Island/falls back to Manhattan, NYC
Sep 6th - Hurricane hits Martinique; 100 French & Dutch ships sinks; 600 die
Sep 6th - 1st (failed) submarine attack (David Bushnell's "Turtle" attacks British sailboat "Eagle" in Bay of NY)
Sep 6th - Hurricane hits Guadeloupe, killing more than 6000.
Sep 9th - Congress officially renames the country as the United States of America (Was the United Colonies)
Sep 10th - George Washington asks for a spy volunteer, Nathan Hale volunteers
Sep 12th - Nathan Hale leaves Harlem Heights Camp (127th St) for spy mission
Sep 15th - British forces capture Kip's Bay Manhattan during Revolution
Sep 17th - The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain.
Sep 21st - 5 days after British take NY, a ¼ of city burns down
Sep 21st - Nathan Hale, spied on British for American rebels, arrested
Sep 24th - First St Leger horesrace held at Doncaster
Oct 9th - Mission Dolores founded by SF Bay
Oct 11th - Brig Gen Arnold's Lake Champlain fleet defeated by British
Oct 12th - British Brigade begins guarding Throgg Necks Road in Bronx
Oct 18th - In a NY bar decorated with bird tail, customer orders "cock tail"
Oct 18th - Battle of Pelham: Col John Glover & Marblehead regiment meet British Forces in Bronx
United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin Oct 26th - Benjamin Franklin departed from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution.
Oct 28th - Battle of White Plains; Washington retreats to NJ
Nov 1st - Mission San Juan Capistrano founded in California
Nov 16th - 1st gun salute for an American warship in a foreign port - US Andrew Doria at Ft St Eustatius
Nov 16th - British troops captured Fort Washington during American Revolution
Nov 18th - Hessians capture Ft Lee, NJ
Nov 30th - Captain Cook begins 3rd & last trip to Pacific (South Sea)
Dec 5th - 1st US fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa (William & Mary College), forms
Dec 8th - George Washington's retreating army crosses Delaware River from NJ
Dec 19th - Thomas Paine published his 1st "American Crisis" essay, in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls"
Dec 23rd - Continental Congress negotiates a war loan of $181,500 from France
Dec 23rd - Thomas Paine writes "These are the times that try men's souls"
Dec 25th - Washington crosses Delaware & surprises & defeats 1,400 Hessians
Dec 26th - George Washington defeats Hessians at Battle of Trenton in American Revolutionary War
Dec 31st - Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors