1776 in the United States

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Events from the year 1776 in the United States. This year is celebrated in the United States as the official beginning of its nationhood, with the Declaration of Independence issued on July 4.

Incumbents[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • February 27 – American Revolution: Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge: North Carolina Loyalists charge across Moore's Creek bridge near Wilmington to attack what they mistakenly believe to be a small force of rebels. Several loyalist leaders are killed in the ensuing battle. The patriot victory virtually ends all British authority in the town.

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

June 28: The United States Declaration of Independence is presented to the Congress

July[edit]

  • July 2 – American Revolution: The final (despite minor revisions) U.S. Declaration of Independence is written. The Continental Congress passes the Lee Resolution.
  • July 4 – American Revolution: United States Declaration of Independence. The United States officially declares independence from the British Empire.
  • July 8 – American Revolution: The Liberty Bell rings for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
  • July 9 – American Revolution: An angry mob in New York City topples the equestrian statue of George III in Bowling Green.
  • July 29 – Francisco Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, Francisco Atanasio Domínguez, and eight other Spaniards set out from Santa Fe on an eighteen-hundred mile trek through the American Southwest. They are the first Europeans to explore the vast region between the Rockies and the Sierras.[2]

August[edit]

September[edit]

  • September 1 – Invasion of Cherokee Nation by 6,000 patriot troops from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina begins. The troops destroy thirty-six Cherokee towns.[3]
  • September 7 – American Revolution: World's first submarine attack. American submersible craft Turtle attempts to attach a time bomb to the hull of British Admiral Richard Howe's flagship HMS Eagle in New York Harbor.
  • September 11 – American Revolution: The British and Americans meet at the Staten Island Peace Conference seeking to end the revolution. The meeting is brief and unsuccessful.
  • September 15 – American Revolution: British land on Manhattan at Kip's Bay.
  • September 16 – American Revolution: Battle of Harlem Heights is fought, and won, making it Washington's first battle field victory.
  • September 22 – American Revolution: Nathan Hale executed in New York City for espionage.

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

  • December 7 – American Revolution: Marquis de Lafayette attempts to enter the American military as a major general.
  • December 14 – American Revolution: Ambush of Geary
  • December 21 – American Revolution: The Royal Colony of North Carolina reorganizes into the State of North Carolina after adopting its own constitution. Richard Caswell becomes the first governor of the newly formed state.
  • December 22–23 – American Revolution: Battle of Iron Works Hill
  • December 23 – American Revolution: Thomas Paine, living with Washington's troops, publishes the first in the series of pamphlets on The American Crisis, opening with the stirring phrase, "These are the times that try men's souls." (Text first published on December 19 in the Pennsylvania Journal.)
  • December 25 – American Revolution: George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River: Gen. George Washington orders the first issue of The American Crisis read to his troops on Christmas Eve, then at 6 p.m. all 2600 of them march to McKonkey's Ferry, cross the Delaware River and land on the Jersey bank at 3 a.m.
  • December 26 – American Revolution: Battle of Trenton: Washington's troops surprise the 1500 Hessian troops under the command of Col. Johann Rall at 8 a.m. outside Trenton and score a victory, taking 948 prisoners while suffering only 5 wounded.

Ongoing[edit]

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Deaths[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Timeline of the American Revolutionary War". Independence Hall. Archived from the original on May 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  2. ^ Saunt, Claudio (2014). West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776, p. 95. W. W. Norton & Company, New York. ISBN 9780393240207.
  3. ^ Saunt, Claudio (2014). West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776, p. 27. W. W. Norton & Company, New York. ISBN 9780393240207.

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