Historical Events for Year 1776

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Jan 1st - Gen George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag
Jan 2nd - 1st revolutionary flag displayed
Jan 2nd - Austria ends interregation torture
Jan 5th - Assembly of New Hampshire adopts its 1st state constitution
Jan 10th - "Common Sense" Pamphlet by Thomas Paine, published advocating American independence
Jan 16th - Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks
Jan 18th - James Wright, Royal Governor of Georgia, is placed under house arrest by Major Joseph Habersham
Jan 24th - Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga.
Feb 8th - Wolfgang von Goethe's "Stella" premieres in Hamburg
Feb 17th - 1st volume of Gibbon's "Decline & Fall of Roman Empire" published
Mar 2nd - Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston
Mar 3rd - American commodore Esek Hopkins occupies Nassau, Bahamas
Mar 4th - The American War of Independence: The Americans capture Dorchester Heights dominating the port of Boston, Massachusetts.
Economist and Philosopher Adam SmithEconomist and Philosopher Adam Smith Mar 9th - Publication of the influential economics book "The Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith
Mar 17th - British forces evacuate Boston to Nova Scotia during Revolutionary War
Mar 25th - Continental Congress authorized a medal for George Washington
Mar 28th - Juan Bautista de Anza finds the site for the Presidio of San Francisco.
Apr 1st - Friedrich von Klinger's "Sturm und Drang" premieres in Leipzig
Apr 3rd - George Washington receives honorary Ll.D. degree from Harvard College
Apr 7th - Captain John Barry and the USS Lexington captures the Edward.
Apr 12th - Halifax resolution for independence adopted by North Carolina
Apr 15th - Duchess of Kingston found guilty of bigamy
May 1st - Adam Weishaupt founds secret society of Illuminati
May 2nd - France & Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels
First US President George WashingtonFirst US President George Washington May 4th - Rhode Island declares independence from Britain
May 12th - Turgot, French minister of Finance, resigns
Jun 7th - Richard Lee (VA) moves Decl of Independence in Continental Congress
Engrossed copy of the United States Declaration of IndependenceEngrossed copy of the United States Declaration of Independence American Founding Father Robert R. LivingstonAmerican Founding Father Robert R. Livingston Jun 11th - Continental Congress creates committee (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston) to draft a Declaration of Independence
Jun 12th - Virginia adopts Declaration of Rights
Jun 28th - Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress
Jun 28th - Charleston, SC repulses British sea attack
Jun 29th - Mission Dolores founded by San Francisco Bay
Jun 29th - Virginia state constitution adopted & Patrick Henry made governor
Jul 1st - 1st vote on Declaration of Independence for Britain's North American colonies
Jul 2nd - NJ Jersey gives the right to vote to all adults who could show a net worth of 50 pounds
Jul 2nd - Continental Congress resolves "these United Colonies are & of right ought to be Free & Independent States"
Founding Father of the United States John DickinsonFounding Father of the United States John Dickinson Jul 2nd - At the Continental Congress, John Dickinson abstains from the votes that declare independence
Jul 4th - According to popular legend the Liberty Bell rings for the 2nd Continental Congress
Jul 4th - US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Britain
Jul 6th - American Declaration of Independence announced on front page of "PA Evening Gazette"
Jul 8th - Col John Nixon gave 1st public reading of Decaration of Independence (Philadelphia)
Jul 9th - Declaration of Independence is read to George Washington's troops (NY)
Jul 11th - Captain James Cook begins his third voyage
Jul 12th - Captain Cook departs with Resolution for 3rd trip to Pacific Ocean
Aug 2nd - Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people
Aug 10th - American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.
Captain/Explorer James CookCaptain/Explorer James Cook Aug 27th - British defeat Americans in Battle of Long Island
Aug 29th - Americans withdraw from Manhattan to Westchester
Aug 30th - US army evacuates Long Island and falls back to Manhattan, NYC
Sep 6th - Hurricane hits Martinique; 100 French & Dutch ships sinks; 600 die
Sep 6th - 1st (failed) submarine attack (David Bushnell's "Turtle" attacks British sailboat "Eagle" in Bay of NY)
Sep 6th - Hurricane hits Guadeloupe, killing more than 6,000.
Sep 9th - Congress officially renames the country as the United States of America (Was the United Colonies)
Sep 10th - George Washington asks for a spy volunteer, Nathan Hale volunteers
Sep 12th - Nathan Hale leaves Harlem Heights Camp (127th St) for spy mission
Sep 15th - British forces capture Kip's Bay, Manhattan, during Revolution
Sep 17th - The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain.
US Patriot and Soldier Nathan HaleUS Patriot and Soldier Nathan Hale Sep 21st - 5 days after British take New York, a quarter of the city burns down
Sep 21st - Nathan Hale, spied on British for American rebels, arrested
Sep 24th - First St Leger horesrace held at Doncaster
Oct 9th - Mission Dolores founded by SF Bay
Oct 11th - Brig Gen Arnold's Lake Champlain fleet defeated by British
Oct 12th - British Brigade begins guarding Throgg Necks Road in Bronx
Oct 18th - In a NY bar decorated with bird tail, customer orders "cock tail"
Oct 18th - Battle of Pelham: Col John Glover & Marblehead regiment meet British Forces in Bronx
Oct 26th - Benjamin Franklin departed from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution.
Oct 28th - Battle of White Plains; Washington retreats to NJ
Nov 1st - Mission San Juan Capistrano founded in California
Nov 16th - 1st gun salute for an American warship in a foreign port - US Andrew Doria at Fort St Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean isalnd)
United States Founding Father Benjamin FranklinUnited States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin Nov 16th - British troops captured Fort Washington during American Revolution
Nov 18th - Hessians capture Ft Lee, NJ
Nov 30th - Captain Cook begins 3rd & last trip to Pacific (South Sea)
Dec 5th - First US fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa (William & Mary College), forms
Dec 8th - George Washington's retreating army crosses Delaware River from NJ
Dec 19th - Thomas Paine published his 1st "American Crisis" essay, in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls"
Dec 23rd - Continental Congress negotiates a war loan of $181,500 from France
Dec 23rd - Thomas Paine writes "These are the times that try men's souls"
Dec 25th - Washington crosses Delaware & surprises & defeats 1,400 Hessians
Dec 26th - George Washington defeats Hessians at Battle of Trenton in American Revolutionary War
Dec 31st - Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors

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