On This Day

What Happened in October 1777

Historical Events

Victory in Battle

Oct 4 Battle of Germantown: Gen George Washington's troops attack and are defeated by the British at Germantown, Pennsylvania

  • Oct 7 Americans beat British in Second Battle of Saratoga & Battle of Bemis Heights
  • Oct 15 Mjr James Graves Simcoe appointed commandant of Queen's Rangers (Penn)
  • Oct 17 British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga during the American Revolutionary War

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 6 William Russell, English composer and organist, born in London (d. 1813)
  • Oct 18 Heinrich von Kleist, German dramatist/poet (Penthesilea)

Famous Weddings

Patrick Henry

Oct 25 Governor of Virginia Patrick Henry (41) weds second wife Dorothea Dandridge

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 5 Ján Andrej Segner, Slovak and German mathematician, physicist, and physician, dies at 72
  • Oct 7 Simon Fraser, English general, dies in battle
  • Oct 13 Dismas Hatas, Czech composer, dies at 52
  • Oct 21 Samuel Foote, British actor, dramatist and theatre manager (Mirror), dies at 57