1776 in History – What happened in year 1776

In history, year 1776 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1776.

Know what happened in 1776:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
02 March American Revolutionary War-Patriot militia from Georgia and South Carolina attempted to resist the British action to seize and remove supply ships anchored at Savannah, Georgia.
03 March American Revolutionary War-Samuel Nicholas and the Continental Marines successfully landed on New Providence and captured Nassau in the Bahamas.
07 September American Revolutionary War-Sergeant Ezra Lee made the firstdocumented attack using a submersible when he piloted the Turtle(replica pictured) to attempt to attach explosive charges on the hull ofHMS Eagle in New York Harbor.
09 March The Wealth of Nations by Scottish political economist Adam Smith was first published, becoming the first modern work in the field of economics.
17 March American Revolutionary War-The British Army garrison in Boston, Massachusetts, withdrew from the city, ending the 11-month Siege of Boston.
21 September American Revolutionary War-The Great Fire of New York brokeout during British occupation of New York City, destroying up to 1,000buildings.
28 JuneAmerican Revolutionary War-South Carolina militia repelled aBritish attack on Charleston.
29 November American Revolutionary War-British reinforcements brought anend to the Patriot attempt to capture Fort Cumberland in Nova Scotia.
11 OctoberAmerican Revolutionary War-The British Royal Navy defeatedAmerican ships at the Battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain, butgave American forces enough time to prepare their defenses for theSaratoga campaign.
22 SeptemberCaptain Nathan Hale, an American Revolutionary spy from theContinental Army, was hanged by British forces.
12 JuneThe Fifth Virginia Convention adopted a declaration of rights,a hugely influential document that proclaimed the inherent rights ofmen.
29 JuneThe first privateer battle of the American Revolutionary Warwas fought at the Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet near Cape May, New Jersey.
01 MayThe Order of the Illuminati, a secret society, was founded byAdam Weishaupt and Adolph von Knigge in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany.
19 MayAmerican Revolutionary War-A Continental Army garrison west ofMontreal surrendered to British troops in the Battle of The Cedars.
27 FebruaryAmerican Revolutionary War-A Patriot victory in the Battle ofMoore's Creek Bridge resulted in the capture or arrest of 850 Loyalistsover the next few days.
10 JanuaryCommon Sense by Thomas Paine, a document denouncing Britishrule in the Thirteen Colonies, was published.
04 JulyIn Philadelphia, the Continental Congress adopted theDeclaration of Independence, announcing that the thirteen Americancolonies were no longer a part of the British Empire.
04 MayThe Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations becamethe first of England's Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance tothe British Crown.
08 JuneAmerican Revolutionary War-British forces defeated theContinental Army at the Battle of Trois-Rivières, the last major battlefought on Quebec soil that was part of the American colonists' invasion of Quebec.
09 MarchThe Wealth of Nations by Scottish political economist AdamSmith (bust pictured) was first published, becoming the first modernwork in the field of economics.
11 JuneThe Second Continental Congress appointed Thomas Jefferson,John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingstonto the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence forBritain's Thirteen Colonies.
12 AprilThe fourth North Carolina Provincial Congress passed theHalifax Resolves, the first official action in the American coloniescalling for independence from Britain during the American Revolution.
16 NovemberAmerican Revolutionary War-British and Hessian units captured Fort Washington from the Patriots.
25 DecemberAmerican Revolutionary War-At night, George Washington and hisarmy crossed the Delaware River to launch a surprise attack against the Hessian forces at the Battle of Trenton the next morning.
27 AugustBritish forces led by William Howe defeated the American Continental Army under George Washington at the Battle of Long Island,the largest battle of the American Revolutionary War.
20 NovemberAmerican Revolutionary War-The Battle of Fort Lee marked the invasion of New Jersey by British and Hessian forces and the subsequent general retreat of the Continental Army.
16 SeptemberAmerican Revolutionary War-On hearing the British troops sounding their bugles as if it were a fox hunt, the American colonistsheld their ground and achieved a victory at the Battle of Harlem Heightsin present-day New York City.
21 SeptemberAmerican Revolutionary War-The Great Fire of New York broke out during British occupation of New York City, destroying up to 1,000 buildings.
11 JuneThe Second Continental Congress appointed Thomas Jefferson,John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingstonto the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence forBritain's Thirteen Colonies.
29 JuneLieutenant José Joaquin Moraga and Father Francisco Palóufounded Mission San Francisco de Asís, the oldest surviving building inSan Francisco.


List of famous birthdays in the year 1776:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 AprilSophie Germain / Mathematician / France
04 SeptemberStephen Whitney / Business Man / United States of America
09 AugustAmedeo Avogadro / Chemist / Italy
10 January George Birkbeck / Physician / United Kingdom
11 February Ioannis Kapodistrias / Politician / Greece
11 JuneJohn Constable / Painter / United Kingdom
14 NovemberHenri Dutrochet / Physician / France
15 NovemberJosé Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi / Author / Mexico
16 DecemberJohann Wilhelm Ritter / Chemist / Germany
19 JuneFrancis Johnson / Politician / United States of America
20 MaySimon Fraser / Explorer / United States of America
24 January E. T. A. Hoffmann / Author / Germany
25 DecemberSydney / Poet / Ireland
25 AugustThomas Bladen Capel / Admiral / United Kingdom
27 DecemberNikolay Kamensky / General / Russia
31 DecemberJohann Spurzheim / Physician / United States of America

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