On This Day

Events in History in December 1775

  • Dec 3 First official US flag raised (Grand Union Flag) aboard naval vessel USS Alfred
  • Dec 5 At Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Historic Invention

Dec 16 Englishman Richard Arkwright receives a patent for his carding machine for use in cotton mills

  • Dec 22 Continental navy organized with 7 ships

Catholic Encyclical

Dec 25 Pope Pius VI encyclical on the problems of the pontificate

  • Dec 31 Battle of Quebec in American Revolutionary War; Americans defeated trying to take British stronghold