January 1776 in History

Events in History

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

Historic Event

Jan 24 Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga


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Birthdays in History

  • Jan 6 Ferdinand von Schill, Prussian officer & rebel, born in Bannewitz, Germany (d. 1809)