What Happened in October 1775

Historical Events

  • Oct 8 Officers decide to bar slaves & free blacks from Continental Army
  • Oct 13 First US Navy forms when Continental Congress orders construction of a naval fleet
  • Oct 16 Portland, Maine burned by British

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 18 African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.

  • Oct 23 Continental Congress approves resolution barring blacks from army
  • Oct 27 US Navy forms as the Continental Navy

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 15 Bernhard Henrik Crusell, composer
  • Oct 21 Guiseppi Baini, composer
  • Oct 27 Traugott Maximilian Eberwein, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Chiyo-ni, Japanese poet (b. 1703)
  • Oct 14 Johann Jacob Rowalt, composer, dies at 57
  • Oct 18 Christian August Crusius, German philosopher and theologian (b. 1715)
  • Oct 21 Peyton Randolph, American president of the Continental Congress (b. 1721)