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Notable Historical Events - 1777

1777Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook

1777Battle of Germantown: Gen George Washington's troops attack and are defeated by the British at Germantown, Pennsylvania

1777General George Washington's revolutionary army defeats British forces at Battle of Princeton, NJ

1777Marquis de Sade arrested without charge, imprisoned in Vincennes fortress

1777 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 3
General George Washington's revolutionary army defeats British forces at Battle of Princeton, NJ 
Jan 12
Mission Santa Clara de Asis founded in Calif 
Jan 15
People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England 
Jan 16
Vermont declares independence from NY 
Jan 18
San Jose California, founded 
Feb 5
Georgia becomes 1st US state to abolish both entail & primogeniture 
Feb 13
Marquis de Sade arrested without charge, imprisoned in Vincennes fortress 
Feb 16
Messier adds M53 to his catalog (globular cluster in Coma Berenice) 
Feb 21
British ambassador Joseph Yorke demands dismissal of Governor John de Graaff for saluting US flag 
Mar 8
Regiments from Ansbach and Bayreuth, sent to support Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, mutiny in the town of Ochsenfurt. 
Apr 14
NY adopts new constitution as an independent state 
Apr 16
Battle of Bennington-New England's Green Mountain Boys rout British 
Apr 20
New York adopts new constitution as an independent state 
Apr 26
Sybil Ludington, 16, rode from NY to Ct rallying her fathers militia 
May 1
RB Sheridan's "School for Scandal" premieres in London 
May 12
1st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi-NY Gazette) 
May 13
University library at Vienna opens 
Jun 13
Leonard Norcross patents a submarine diving suit 
Jun 13
Marquis de Lafayette lands in US 
Jun 14
Continental Congress adopts Stars & Stripes replacing Grand Union flag 
Jul 6
British Gen Burgoyne captures Fort Ticonderoga from Americans 
Jul 7
American Revolutionary War: Battle of Hubbardton 
Jul 8
Vermont introduces new constitution making it 1st US state to abolish slavery 
Jul 31
Marquis de Lafayette, 19, made major-general of Continental Army 
Aug 4
Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes 1st circus 
Aug 16
Americans defeat British in Battle of Bennington, Vt 
Aug 28
American Revolutionary War - Battle of Cooch's Bridge takes place near Newark, Delaware. 
Sep 3
Cooch's Bridge - Skirmish of American Revolutionary war in New Castle County, Delaware where the Flag of the United States was flown in battle for the first time. 
Sep 11
Battle of Brandywine, Pa; Americans lose to British 
Sep 19
Battle of Freeman's Farm (Bemis Heights) or 1st Battle of Saratoga 
Sep 20
Battle of Paoli; British forces under Major General Charles Grey attacked Brigadier General Anthony Wayne's encampment. Claims that the British gave no quarter led to the engagement becoming known (from an American perspective) as the "Paoli Massacre." 
Sep 25
British general William Howe conquers Philadelphia 
Sep 27
British General William Howe occupies Philadelphia during American Revolution 
Sep 30
Continental Congress, flees to York, Pa, as British forces advance 
Oct 4
Battle of Germantown: Gen George Washington's troops attack and are defeated by the British at Germantown, Pennsylvania 
Oct 7
Americans beat British in 2nd Battle of Saratoga & Battle of Bemis Heights 
Oct 15
Mjr James Graves Simcoe appointed commandant of Queen's Rangers (Penn) 
Oct 17
British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga NY 
Nov 15
Articles of Confederation adopted by Continental Congress 
Dec 2
British Gen Howe plots attack on Washington's army for Dec 4 
Dec 8
Captain Cook leaves Society Islands 
Dec 17
France recognizes independence of British colonies in America 
Dec 17
George Washington's army returns to Valley Forge, Pa 
Dec 18
1st national Thanksgiving Day, commemorating Burgoyne's surrender 
Dec 19
Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge, Pa for winter 
Dec 24
Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook 
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