What Happened in 1777

Historical Events

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Jan 3 General George Washington's revolutionary army defeats British forces at Battle of Princeton, NJ

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • Jan 12 Mission Santa Clara de Asis founded in Calif
  • Jan 15 People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England
  • Jan 16 Vermont declares independence from NY
  • Jan 18 San Jose, California, founded
  • Feb 5 Georgia becomes 1st US state to abolish both entail & primogeniture

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Feb 13 Marquis de Sade arrested without charge, imprisoned in Vincennes fortress

Philosopher and Writer Marquis de Sade
Philosopher and Writer
Marquis de Sade
  • Feb 16 Messier adds M53 to his catalog (globular cluster in Coma Berenice)
  • Feb 21 British ambassador Joseph Yorke demands dismissal of Governor John de Graaff for saluting US flag
  • Mar 8 Regiments from Ansbach and Bayreuth, sent to support Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, mutiny in the town of Ochsenfurt.
  • Apr 14 NY adopts new constitution as an independent state
  • Apr 20 New York adopts new constitution as an independent state
  • Apr 26 Sybil Ludington, 16, rode from NY to Ct rallying her fathers militia
  • May 1 RB Sheridan's "School for Scandal" premieres in London
  • May 12 1st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi-NY Gazette)
  • May 13 University library at Vienna opens
  • Jun 13 Leonard Norcross patents a submarine diving suit
  • Jun 13 Marquis de Lafayette lands in US
  • Jun 14 US Continental Congress adopts the Stars & Stripes replacing the Grand Union flag
  • Jun 16 Battle of Bennington-New England's Green Mountain Boys rout British
  • Jul 6 British Gen Burgoyne captures Fort Ticonderoga from Americans
  • Jul 7 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Hubbardton
  • Jul 8 Vermont introduces new constitution making it 1st US state to abolish slavery
  • Jul 31 Marquis de Lafayette, 19, made major-general of Continental Army
  • Aug 4 Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes 1st circus
  • Aug 16 Americans defeat British in Battle of Bennington, Vt
  • Aug 28 American Revolutionary War - Battle of Cooch's Bridge takes place near Newark, Delaware.
  • Sep 3 Flag of the United States flown in battle for the 1st time at Cooch's Bridge, Delaware, a skirmish during American Revolutionary War
  • Sep 11 Battle of Brandywine, Pa; Americans lose to British
  • Sep 19 Battle of Freeman's Farm (Bemis Heights) or 1st Battle of Saratoga
  • Sep 20 Battle of Paoli; British forces under Major General Charles Grey attacked Brigadier General Anthony Wayne's encampment. Claims that the British gave no quarter led to the engagement becoming known (from an American perspective) as the "Paoli Massacre."
  • Sep 25 British general William Howe conquers Philadelphia
  • Sep 27 British General William Howe occupies Philadelphia during American Revolution
  • Sep 30 Continental Congress, flees to York, Pa, as British forces advance
  • Oct 4 Battle of Germantown: Gen George Washington's troops attack and are defeated by the British at Germantown, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 7 Americans beat British in 2nd Battle of Saratoga & Battle of Bemis Heights
  • Oct 15 Mjr James Graves Simcoe appointed commandant of Queen's Rangers (Penn)
  • Oct 17 British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga NY
  • Nov 15 Articles of Confederation adopted by Continental Congress
  • Dec 2 British General Howe plots attack on Washington's army for Dec 4
  • Dec 8 Captain Cook leaves Society Islands
  • Dec 17 France recognizes independence of British colonies in America
  • Dec 17 George Washington's army returns to Valley Forge, Pa
  • Dec 18 1st national Thanksgiving Day, commemorating Burgoyne's surrender
  • Dec 19 Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge, Pa for winter

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Dec 24 Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook

Captain/Explorer James Cook
James Cook

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Micah Hawkins, composer
  • Jan 2 Christian D Rauch, German sculptor (d. 1857)
  • Jan 3 Louis Poinsot, French instrument worker
  • Jan 3 M A Elisa Bonaparte, Corsican monarch of Lucca/Piombino
  • Jan 8 Filippo Traetta, Italy, composer/musicologist
  • Jan 25 Elias Canneman, Dutch liberal minister of Finance (1813-14)
  • Feb 12 Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, German poet (d. 1843)
  • Mar 9 Alexander Orlowski, Polish painter/cartoonist/graphic artist
  • Mar 17 Roger Brooke Taney, Calvert Md, 5th Chief Justice (Dred Scott dec)
  • Mar 19 Anton R Falck, Dutch minister of Education/diplomat
  • Mar 31 Charles Cagniard de la Tour, French physicist (d. 1859)

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Apr 12 Henry Clay, American politician known as "the Great Compromiser", born in Hanover County, Virginia (d. 1852)

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • Apr 18 Ignac Ruzitska, composer

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Apr 30 Carl Friedrich Gauss, world's great mathematician, born in Brunswick, Germany (d. 1855)

Mathematician, Astronomer, and Physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss
Mathematician, Astronomer, and Physicist
Carl Friedrich Gauss
  • May 4 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens, composer
  • May 28 Joseph-Henri-Ignace Mees, composer
  • Jun 2 Christian Traugott Tag, composer
  • Jun 12 Robert Clark, American politician (d. 1837)
  • Jun 24 John Ross, British naval officer and explorer (d. 1856)
  • Jul 9 Henry Hallam, British lawyer/historian
  • Jul 23 Philipp Otto Runge, German painter (d. 1810)
  • Jul 27 Thomas Campbell, poet (Hohenlinden, Battle of the Baltic)

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Aug 14 Hans Christian Oersted, Danish physicist and chemist (View of Chemical Law), born in Rudkøbing, Denmark (d. 1851)

Physicist/Chemist Hans Oersted
Hans Oersted
  • Aug 14 Francis I of the Two Sicilies (d. 1830)
  • Aug 29 Nikita Yakovlevich Bichurin, founder of Sinology (d. 1853)
  • Sep 7 Heinrich Stölzel, German musician and composer (d. 1844)
  • Sep 20 Ramón Cuéllar y Altarriba, Spanish composer, born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (d. 1833)
  • Oct 6 William Russell, composer
  • Oct 18 Heinrich von Kleist, Germany, dramatist/poet (Penthesilea)
  • Nov 2 Fortunat Alojzy Gonzaga Żółkowski, Polish actor (d. 1822)
  • Nov 2 Princess Sophia of the United Kingdom (d. 1848)
  • Nov 8 Désirée Clary, queen of Sweden (d. 1860)
  • Nov 28 Georg A Kestner, German art collector/diplomat
  • Dec 2 Henry Doeff, colonialist (wrote Dutch-Japanese dictionary)
  • Dec 4 Juliette Récamier, French socialite (d. 1849)
  • Dec 14 Juan N Gallego, Spanish poet/interpreter (El dos the mayo)
  • Dec 16 Janos Fusz, Hungarian-German composer, born in Tolna, Hungary (d. 1819)
  • Dec 23 Aleksandr I P Romanov, tsar of Russia (1801-25)

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 15 First American flag seamstress Betsy Ross (25) weds mariner Joseph Ashburn

Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag
Betsy Ross

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 25 Governor of Virginia Patrick Henry (41) weds second wife Dorothea Dandridge

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Emanuele Barbella, composer, dies at 58
  • Jan 10 Spranger Barry, Irish actor (b. 1719)
  • Jan 12 Hugh Mercer, American Revolutionary War officer (mortally wounded in battle) (b. 1726)
  • Feb 9 Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (b. 1706)
  • Feb 24 King Joseph I of Portugal (b. 1714)
  • Mar 1 Georg Christoph Wagenzeil, Austria (court) composer/pianist, dies at 62
  • Mar 22 John Bartram, father of American botany, dies at 77
  • May 11 George Pigot, Baron Pigot, British governor of Madras (b. 1719)
  • May 16 Button Gwinnet, US revolutionary leader, dies from wounds
  • Jun 16 Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gresset, French poet and dramatist (b. 1709)
  • Jun 22 Josef Christian, German sculptor, dies at 71
  • Jul 13 Guillaume Coustou Jr, French sculptor (Apollo/Mars/Venus), dies at 61
  • Jul 27 William Hayes, composer, dies at 69
  • Aug 17 Giuseppe Scarlotti, composer, dies at 54
  • Aug 23 Giuseppe Sellitto, composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 1 Johann Ernst Bach, composer, dies at 55
  • Sep 25 Johann Heinrich Lambert, mathematician, dies at 49
  • Oct 5 Ján Andrej Segner, Slovak and German mathematician, physicist, and physician (b. 1704)
  • Oct 7 Simon Fraser, English general, dies in battle
  • Oct 13 Dismas Hatas, composer, dies at 52
  • Oct 21 Samuel Foote, English dramatist and actor (b. 1720)
  • Nov 10 Cornstalk, Shawnee chief
  • Nov 30 Jean-Marie Leclair, composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 12 Albrecht von Haller, Swiss physician/biologist/author, dies at 69
  • Dec 12 Reverend Benjamin Russen, executed at Tyburn England for rape
  • Dec 30 Maximilian III Jozef, elector of Bayern (1745-77), dies at 50