December 1776 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 5 First US fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa (William & Mary College), forms

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Dec 8 George Washington's retreating army crosses Delaware River from NJ

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

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Dec 19 Thomas Paine published his 1st "American Crisis" essay, in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls"

Voice of the American Revolution Thomas Paine
Voice of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine
  • Dec 23 Continental Congress negotiates a war loan of $181,500 from France
  • Dec 23 Thomas Paine writes "These are the times that try men's souls"
  • Dec 25 Washington crosses Delaware & surprises & defeats 1,400 Hessians
  • Dec 26 George Washington defeats Hessians at Battle of Trenton in American Revolutionary War
  • Dec 31 Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 3 Johann Spurzheim, German neuroscientist (d. 1832)
  • Dec 16 Johann Wilhelm Ritter, German physicist (d. 1810)
  • Dec 27 Nikolay Kamensky, Russian general (d. 1811)
  • Dec 29 Charles Macintosh, Scotland, patented waterproof fabric

Deaths in History

  • Dec 26 Johann Gottlieb Rall, Hessian colonel/mercenary, dies in battle in American Revolutionary War