On This Day

What Happened in January 1776

Historical Events

Historic Event

Jan 1 General George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag

  • Jan 2 Austria ends the use of interrogation by torture
  • Jan 5 Assembly of New Hampshire adopts its 1st state constitution

Historic Publication

Jan 10 "Common Sense" Pamphlet by Thomas Paine published, advocating American independence

  • Jan 16 Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks
  • Jan 18 James Wright, Royal Governor of Georgia, is placed under house arrest by Major Joseph Habersham
  • Jan 24 Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 6 Ferdinand von Schill, Prussian officer & rebel, born in Bannewitz, Germany (d. 1809)
  • Jan 24 Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, German writer/judge/composer (Undine)