Today in American Revolutionary War History

Historical Events

  • 1771-05-16 The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called "The Regulators", occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.
  • 1773-10-14 American Revolutionary War: The United Kingdom's East India Company tea ships' cargo are burned at Annapolis, Maryland.
  • 1775-05-17 American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Canada.
  • 1775-06-14 US Army first forms as the Continental Army to fight American Revolutionary War

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1775-09-25 American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen captured

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen
  • 1775-12-31 Battle of Quebec in American Revolutionary War; Americans defeated trying to take British stronghold
  • 1776-03-04 The American War of Independence: The Americans capture Dorchester Heights dominating the port of Boston, Massachusetts.

AgreementUnited States Declaration of Independence

1776-08-10 American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1776-12-26 George Washington defeats Hessians at Battle of Trenton in American Revolutionary War

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1777-03-08 Regiments from Ansbach and Bayreuth, sent to support Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, mutiny in the town of Ochsenfurt.
  • 1777-07-07 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Hubbardton
  • 1777-08-16 American militiamen defeat British forces at the Battle of Bennington near Vermont, during the American Revolutionary War
  • 1777-08-28 American Revolutionary War - Battle of Cooch's Bridge takes place near Newark, Delaware.
  • 1777-09-03 Flag of the United States flown in battle for the 1st time at Cooch's Bridge, Delaware, a skirmish during American Revolutionary War
  • 1779-06-20 Battle of Stono Ferry fought near Charleston, South Carolina (American Revolutionary War)
  • 1780-10-16 Royalton, Vermont and Tunbridge, Vermont last major raid of the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1781-04-29 French fleet occupies Tobago during American War of Independence
  • 1781-08-30 French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British under Admiral Graves at battle of Chesapeake Capes in American Revolutionary War
  • 1781-10-06 Americans & French begin siege of Cornwallis at Yorktown; last battle of American Revolutionary War
  • 1783-04-11 Hostilities formally cease in the American Revolutionary War
  • 1783-09-03 Treaty of Paris signed in Paris ends the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain and United States of America
  • 1783-11-02 General George Washington, later 1st US President, bids farewell to his army after the American Revolutionary War

Famous Birthdays

  • 1718-01-07 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (d. 1790)

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1724-12-12 Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood, British admiral in the American Revolutionary War and the French Revolutionary Wars, born in Butleigh, England (d. 1816)

British Admiral Samuel Hood
British Admiral
Samuel Hood

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1738-01-10 Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mountain Boys), born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1789)

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen

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1741-01-14 Benedict Arnold, US general turned traitor (American Revolutionary War), born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1801)

US Defector General Benedict Arnold
US Defector General
Benedict Arnold
  • 1744-09-20 Thomas Grosvenor, American Revolutionary War hero (d. 1825)
  • 1745-03-10 John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (d. 1807)
  • 1747-03-04 Casimir Pulaski, Count/American Revolutionary War general
  • 1750-05-02 John AndrĂ©, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War (d. 1780)

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1755-06-06 Nathan Hale, American Revolutionary War patriot, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.", born in Coventry, Connecticut, North American Colonies (d. 1776)

US Patriot and Soldier Nathan Hale
US Patriot and Soldier
Nathan Hale

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1784-02-16 American Revolutionary War patriot Ethan Allen (46) weds second wife Frances Montresor Brush Buchanan

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen

Famous Deaths

  • 1775-12-31 Richard Montgomery, General in Continental Army during American Revolutionary War, dies in attack on Quebec
  • 1776-07-01 Francis Salvador, 1st Jew to die in American Revolutionary War
  • 1776-12-26 Johann Gottlieb Rall, Hessian colonel/mercenary, dies in battle in American Revolutionary War
  • 1777-01-12 Hugh Mercer, American Revolutionary War officer (mortally wounded in battle) (b. 1726)
  • 1779-01-22 Claudius Smith, American Revolutionary War loyalist (b. 1736)

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1789-02-12 Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mountain Boys), dies of an apoplectic fit at 51

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen
  • 1790-05-29 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (b. 1718)
  • 1802-02-26 Esek Hopkins, American Revolutionary War admiral (b. 1718)
  • 1807-05-17 John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (b. 1745)
  • 1825-07-11 Thomas P. Grosvenor, American Revolutionary War soldier (b. 1744)