Jun 21
Today In History

Historical Events in 1776

1776 Norfolk, Virginia, was burned during the American Revolutionary War by the Royal Navy and Continental Army.

1776 General George Washington hoisted the first United States flag, the Grand Union Flag, at Prospect Hill.

1776 The American Revolution saw Thomas Paine publishing his influential pamphlet, "Common Sense," in 1776.

1776 American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge in North Carolina breaks up a Loyalist militia.

1776 The American Revolutionary War witnessed a daring stand in 1776 when Patriot militia units fiercely contested the Royal Navy's capture of supply ships in the Battle of the Rice Boats along the Savannah River.

1776 The daring spirit of the American Revolutionary War ignites as the United States Marine Corps launches their first-ever amphibious landing, commencing the Battle of Nassau.

1776 The American Revolutionary War takes a decisive turn as the Continental Army fortifies Dorchester Heights, prompting the British to abandon the Siege of Boston.

1776 Scottish economist and philosopher Adam Smith's groundbreaking work, "The Wealth of Nations," was published, reshaping economic thought and policy.

1776 The Siege of Boston concludes in a strategic masterstroke by George Washington and Henry Knox, who position artillery to force the British Army to evacuate the city, a pivotal moment in the American Revolution.

1776 Juan Bautista de Anza embarked on a pivotal journey on this day, as he discovered the site for the future Presidio of San Francisco, a key strategic location in the American Revolutionary War.

1776 Amidst the American Revolutionary War, the Continental Navy faces a setback as they fail to capture a Royal Navy dispatch boat, a turning point in naval history.

1776 North Carolina Provincial Congress paves the way for American independence with the Halifax Resolves, authorizing the delegation to vote for freedom from British rule.

1776 A pivotal moment in American history unfolded in 1776 when Rhode Island became the first colony to renounce allegiance to King George III, igniting the flames of revolution.

1776 The Battle of The Cedars marked a significant event in the American Revolutionary War, as a Continental Army garrison surrendered in the face of adversity.

1776 Richard Henry Lee presents the groundbreaking "Lee Resolution" to the Continental Congress, setting the stage for the United States Declaration of Independence.

1776 At the Battle of Trois-Rivières, Continental Army attackers faced defeat in a pivotal moment of the American Revolutionary War.

1776 The wheels of history are set in motion as the Continental Congress assembles a committee tasked with a momentous responsibility. Comprising Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston, this Committee of Five is charged with the weighty task of drafting a Declaration of Independence, laying the groundwork for a new nation.

1776 The adoption of the Virginia Declaration of Rights in 1776 marked a significant step in the American Revolutionary spirit, as it enshrined principles of liberty and laid the groundwork for the nation's future.

1776 Delaware Separation Day marks a significant moment in American history as Delaware formally separates from Pennsylvania, paving the way for its own governance.

1776 The American Revolution saw a turning point as the Battle of Sullivan's Island concluded with a resounding victory for the American forces, a triumph that would later be commemorated as Carolina Day.

1776 In a somber event during the American Revolution, Continental Army private Thomas Hickey faced execution by hanging for his involvement in mutiny and sedition, a stark reminder of the discipline and loyalty required in times of war.

1776 The Continental Congress takes a momentous step, adopting a resolution that severs the political ties between the American colonies and the Kingdom of Great Britain. The formal Declaration of Independence is soon to follow.

1776 A historic declaration resonated through the halls of the Second Continental Congress as the United States Declaration of Independence was embraced.

1776 After John Nixon's stirring public reading of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, church bells, including the possibly iconic Liberty Bell, rang out, heralding the birth of a new nation, the United States.

1776 George Washington orders the reading of the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Army in Manhattan, as British forces on Staten Island prepare for the pivotal Battle of Long Island.

1776 The United States Declaration of Independence was signed, forever altering the course of history and laying the foundation for a new nation.

1776 The Battle of Long Island witnesses the heroic members of the 1st Maryland Regiment repeatedly charging a numerically superior British force, allowing General Washington and the American troops to escape, a pivotal moment in the American Revolutionary War.

1776 William Livingston's inauguration as the first Governor of New Jersey heralds a new era in the state's governance during the American Revolutionary period.

1776 In 1776, Ezra Lee conducted a daring submarine attack, known as the Turtle, attempting to attach a time bomb to HMS Eagle in New York Harbor, making it one of the earliest recorded submarine warfare incidents during the American Revolution. (Note: No British records of this attack exist.)

1776 The birth of a nation: In 1776, the Continental Congress officially christens the newly united states as the United States, marking a pivotal moment in American history.

1776 Nathan Hale's courage shone in 1776 when he volunteered as a spy for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.

1776 Amid the American Revolutionary War, notable events are unfolding.

1776 British forces made a strategic landing at Kip's Bay during the New York Campaign, a crucial chapter in the American Revolutionary War.

1776 Amid the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Harlem Heights unfolds, marking a pivotal moment in the struggle for independence.

1776 The founding of the Presidio of San Francisco in New Spain on September 17, 1776, had far-reaching implications for the development of California and the western United States.

1776 British forces occupy and burn part of New York City during the American Revolutionary War.

1776 The execution of Nathan Hale, a brave spy during the American Revolution who inspired patriotism.

1776 American Revolution: A fleet on Lake Champlain, though defeated by the Royal Navy, delays British advancement until 1777.

1776 Chatterton Hill's capture by British forces during the American Revolutionary War represents a pivotal moment in the struggle for independence, underscoring the sacrifices made in the pursuit of freedom.

1776 Fort Washington fell to British and Hessian forces during the American Revolutionary War in 1776.

1776 The American Revolutionary War takes a dire turn as British forces launch an assault on Fort Lee, prompting the Continental Army's retreat.

1776 The Battle of Fort Cumberland during the American Revolutionary War culminates with the arrival of British reinforcements, shaping the course of the conflict in Nova Scotia.

1776 Phi Beta Kappa, America's oldest academic honor society, holds its inaugural meeting at the College of William & Mary.

1776 In a momentous move, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, secures his place in American history by joining the American military as a major general during the Revolutionary War, contributing significantly to the cause of liberty.

1776 "Thomas Paine's powerful pamphlet, 'The American Crisis,' is published in The Pennsylvania Journal, inspiring the Revolution.

1776 George Washington's daring crossing of the Delaware River under the cover of night sets the stage for a pivotal battle in the American Revolution.

1776 The Battle of Trenton, a pivotal moment in the American Revolutionary War, witnessed the Continental Army's victorious attack on Hessian forces, a significant step towards independence.

1776 The American Revolutionary War gains momentum as Henry Knox's "noble train of artillery" arrives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, bolstering the Continental Army.

1776 Captain James Cook embarked on his third historic voyage, continuing his exploration of the vast uncharted territories of the Pacific.

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