On This Day

What Happened in July 1777

Historical Events

  • Jul 6 British General Burgoyne captures Fort Ticonderoga from Americans
  • Jul 7 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Hubbardton
  • Jul 8 Independent Vermont introduces a new constitution, prohibiting slavery

Historic Event

Jul 23 Polish military leader Casimir Pulaski arrives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, to volunteer in the Continental Army cavalry

Historic Event

Jul 31 Marquis de Lafayette, 19, made major-general of Continental Army

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 9 Henry Hallam, British lawyer and historian (d. 1859)
  • Jul 23 Philipp Otto Runge, German Romantic painter, born in Wolgast, West Pomerania (d. 1810)
  • Jul 27 Thomas Campbell, Scottish poet (Hohenlinden, Battle of the Baltic), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1844)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 13 Guillaume Coustou Jr, French sculptor (Apollo/Mars/Venus), dies at 61
  • Jul 27 William Hayes, English composer and organist, dies at 69