What Happened in 1775

Significant Events

  • Feb 9 British Parliament declares Massachusetts colony is in rebellion
  • Mar 23 Patrick Henry proclaims "Give me liberty or give me death" in speech in favour of Virginian troops joining US Revolutionary war
  • Apr 18 Paul Revere and William Dawes ride from Charleston to Lexington warning the "regulars are coming!"
  • Apr 19 American Revolution begins - Lexington Common, shot "heard round the world"
  • May 10 Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and issues paper currency for 1st time
  • Jun 15 George Washington appointed commander-in-chief of the American Army
  • Dec 31 Battle of Quebec in American Revolutionary War; Americans defeated trying to take British stronghold
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Did You Know?

First official US flag raised (Grand Union Flag) aboard naval vessel USS Alfred

On December 3, 1775


World Leaders in 1775

Famous People in 1775

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 28 Statesman John Hancock (38) weds hostess Dorothy Quincy (28) in Fairfield, Connecticut

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 8 John Baskerville, English printer/type designer, dies at 68
  • Jan 10 Jemeljan Pugatshov, Russian kosak leader/"Tsar Peter III", dies
  • Jan 11 Yemelyan Pugachov, Don Cossack rebel, executed by tsarist Russia
  • Jan 11 Prithvi Narayan Shah, began the unification of modern Nepal (b. 1723)
  • Jan 15 Giovanni Battista Sammartini, composer, dies
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