On This Day

Events in History in October 1775

Historic Event

Oct 8 Officers decide to bar slaves and free blacks from the Continental Army

  • Oct 13 First US Navy forms when Continental Congress orders construction of a naval fleet [1]
  • Oct 16 Portland, Maine burned by British

Historic Event

Oct 18 African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery

  • Oct 27 US Navy forms as the Continental Navy