Historical Events in 1782

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  • Jan 7th 1st US commercial bank, Bank of North America, opens in Philadelphia
  • Jan 15th Robert Morris, the Superintendent of Finance, recommends to U.S. Congress the establishment of decimal coinage and a national mint
  • Feb 4th British garrison surrenders to French & Spanish fleet
  • Feb 5th Spanish take Minorca (western Mediterranean) from British
  • Feb 13th French fleet occupies St Christopher
  • Feb 21st US Congress resolves establishment of a US mint
  • Mar 8th Gnadenhutten Massacre - Ohio militia kills 90 indians
  • Mar 23rd "Les Liaisons dangereuses" by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos is published by Durand Neveu
  • Mar 27th Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • Apr 6th Rama I succeeds King Taksin of Siam (modern day Thailand), who is overthrown in a coup d'├ętat.
  • Apr 12th Battle at Les Saintes West-Indies: British fleet beats French

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Apr 19th John Adams secures Dutch Republic's recognition of the United States as an independent government and house he purchased in The Hague, Netherlands became first American embassy.

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams
  • Jun 20th Congress approves Great Seal of the United States of America & the bald eagle as its symbol
  • Jul 1st American privateers attack Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
  • Jul 6th British-French sea battle at Negapatam (off India)

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Jul 16th Mozart's opera "Das Entfuhrung aus dem Serail" premieres in Vienna

Classical Musician and Composer Wolfang Amadeus Mozart
Classical Musician and Composer
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart

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Aug 2nd George Washington creates Honorary Badge of Distinction

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • Aug 7th George Washington creates the Purple Heart medal (original name Badge of Military Merit) as commander of the Continental Army
  • Aug 14th Suriname forbids selling slave mothers without their babies
  • Sep 16th Great Seal of US used for 1st time
  • Nov 30th Britain signs agreement recognizing US independence
  • Dec 14th Charleston, SC evacuated by British
  • Dec 29th 1st nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston