What Happened in 1776

Significant Events

  • Jan 10 "Common Sense" Pamphlet by Thomas Paine, published advocating American independence
  • Mar 9 Publication of influential economics book "The Wealth of Nations" by Adam Smith
  • Jun 11 Continental Congress creates committee (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston) to draft a Declaration of Independence
  • Jul 2 Continental Congress resolves "these United Colonies are & of right ought to be Free and Independent States"
  • Jul 4 US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Britain
  • Aug 2 Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people (date most accepted by modern historians)
  • Sep 9 Congress officially renames the country as the United States of America (Was the United Colonies)
  • Sep 10 George Washington asks for a spy volunteer, Nathan Hale volunteers
  • Nov 16 British troops capture Fort Washington during American Revolution
  • Dec 19 Thomas Paine publishes his 1st "American Crisis" essay beginning"These are the times that try men's souls" (date disputed)
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Did You Know?

In a bar decorated with bird tail in Elmsford, New York, a customer requests a glassful of “those cock tails” from bartender Betsy Flanagan

On October 18, 1776

World Leaders in 1776

Famous People in 1776

Famous Weddings

  • Oct 7 Crown Prince Paul of Russia marries Sophie Marie Dorothea of Württemberg.