On This Day

What Happened on October 9, 1781

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events


Victory in BattleSurrender at Yorktown

Americans under George Washington and the French under comte de Rochambeau begin bombardment of Yorktown, the last battle of American Revolutionary War
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'Surrender of Lord Cornwallis' by John Trumbull depicting the British surrender which ended the American Revolutionary War
'Surrender of Lord Cornwallis' by John Trumbull depicting the British surrender which ended the American Revolutionary War

Famous Deaths

  • Thomas Erskine, 6th earl of Kellie, Scottish composer and musician, dies at 49