December 1777 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 2 British General Howe plots attack on Washington's army for Dec 4

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Dec 8 Captain James Cook leaves Society Islands

Explorer James Cook
Explorer
James Cook
  • Dec 16 Articles of Conferation (US 1st constitution) ratified by 1st state Virginia
  • Dec 17 France recognizes independence of British colonies in America
  • Dec 17 George Washington's army returns to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 18 1st national Thanksgiving Day, commemorating Burgoyne's surrender
  • Dec 19 Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania for the winter
  • Dec 24 Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 2 Henry Doeff, colonialist (wrote Dutch-Japanese dictionary)
  • Dec 4 Juliette RĂ©camier, French socialite (d. 1849)
  • Dec 14 Juan N Gallego, Spanish poet/interpreter (El dos the mayo)
  • Dec 23 Aleksandr I P Romanov, tsar of Russia (1801-25)

Deaths in History

  • Dec 12 Albrecht von Haller, Swiss experimental physiologist, biologist and author (Acadamy of Science), dies at 69
  • Dec 12 Reverend Benjamin Russen, executed at Tyburn England for rape
  • Dec 30 Maximilian III Jozef, elector of Bayern (1745-77), dies at 50