Historical Events in 1782

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 19 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 20 Congress approves Great Seal of the United States of America & the bald eagle as its symbol
  • Jul 1 American privateers attack Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Jul 4 William Petty becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain following the death of Charles Watson-Wentworth

British Prime Minister William Petty
British Prime Minister
William Petty
  • Jul 6 British-French sea battle at Negapatam (off India)

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jul 16 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 2 George Washington creates Honorary Badge of Distinction

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