What Happened in October 1777

Historical Events


Victory in battleVictory in Battle

Oct 4 Battle of Germantown: Gen George Washington's troops attack and are defeated by the British at Germantown, Pennsylvania

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • Oct 7 Americans beat British in Second 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 during the American Revolutionary War

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 6 William Russell, English composer and organist, born in London (d. 1813)
  • Oct 18 Heinrich von Kleist, German dramatist/poet (Penthesilea)

Famous Weddings


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

  • Oct 5 Ján Andrej Segner, Slovak and German mathematician, physicist, and physician, dies at 72
  • Oct 7 Simon Fraser, English general, dies in battle
  • Oct 13 Dismas Hatas, Czech composer, dies at 52
  • Oct 21 Samuel Foote, British actor, dramatist and theatre manager (Mirror), dies at 57