What Happened in January 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 California
  • Jan 15 People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England
  • Jan 16 Vermont declares independence from New York
  • Jan 18 San Jose in California founded

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, Italian composer/musicologist
  • Jan 25 Elias Canneman, Dutch liberal minister of Finance (1813-14)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Emanuele Barbella, composer, dies at 58
  • Jan 10 Spranger Barry, Irish Shakespearean actor, dies at 57
  • Jan 12 Hugh Mercer, Scottish military officer (fought in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War), dies of his wounds at the Battle of Princeton at 50