What Happened in January 1777

Historical Events

Victory in Battle

Jan 3 General George Washington's revolutionary army defeats British forces at Battle of Princeton, New Jersey

  • Jan 12 Mission Santa Clara de Asis founded in California
  • Jan 15 People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England
  • Jan 16 Vermont declares independence from New York
  • Jan 18 San Jose in California founded
  • Jan 25 Americans drag cannon up hill of Kingsbridge Road to fight British, prompting a name change to Gun Hill Road (Bronx, New York)

Historic Event

Jan 26 Captain James Cook stops in Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) with Resolution, for supplies, on his 3rd trip to Pacific Ocean


Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Micah Hawkins, composer
  • Jan 2 Christian D Rauch, German sculptor (d. 1857)
  • Jan 3 Louis Poinsot, French instrument worker
  • Jan 3 M A Elisa Bonaparte, Corsican monarch of Lucca/Piombino
  • Jan 8 Filippo Traetta, Italian-born American composer & music teacher, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1854)
  • Jan 25 Elias Canneman, Dutch politician, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1861)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 Emanuele Barbella, Neapolitan composer, dies at 58
  • Jan 10 Spranger Barry, Irish Shakespearean actor, dies at 57
  • Jan 12 Hugh Mercer, Scottish military officer (fought in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War), dies of his wounds at the Battle of Princeton at 50