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1778Capt James Cook 1st sights Oregon coast, at Yaquina Bay

1778Playwright Voltaire crowned with laurel wreath

1778 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 18
Capt James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands) 
Jan 20
1st American military court martial trial begins, Cambridge, Mass 
Jan 27
Piccinni's opera "Roland" premieres, Paris 
Feb 5
Articles of Confederation ratified by 1st state, South Carolina 
Feb 6
Britain declares war on France 
Feb 6
France recognizes USA, signs Treaty of Alliance in Paris; 1st US treaty 
Feb 14
"Stars & Stripes" arrives in foreign port for 1st time (France) 
Feb 23
Baron von Steuben joins Continental Army at Valley Forge 
Feb 28
Rhode Island General Assembly authorizes enlistment of slaves 
Mar 7
Capt James Cook 1st sights Oregon coast, at Yaquina Bay 
Mar 15
Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island discovered by Captain Cook 
Mar 22
Captain Cook sights Cape Flattery, in Washington state 
Mar 30
Playwright Voltaire crowned with laurel wreath 
Apr 1
New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock creates "$" symbol 
May 1
American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. 
Jun 18
British Redcoats evacuate Philadelphia 
Jun 19
Washington's troops finally leave Valley Forge 
Jun 24
David Rittenhouse observes a total solar eclipse in Philadelphia 
Jun 27
Liberty Bell came home to Philaelphia after the British departure 
Jun 28
Battle of Monmouth, NJ (Gen Washington beats Clinton) 
Jun 28
Mary Ludwig Hayes "Molly Pitcher" aids American patriots 
Jul 3
British forces massacre 360 men, women & children in Wyoming, Pa 
Jul 3
Prussia declares war on Austria 
Jul 8
George Washington headquarters at West Point for his Continental Army 
Jul 10
American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain. 
Aug 3
Teatro alla Scala opens in Milan 
Aug 9
Captain Cook reaches Cape Prince of Wales, Bering straits 
Aug 26
The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia. 
Aug 31
British kill 17 Stockbridge indians in Bronx during Revolution 
Sep 4
City of Amsterdam signs trade agreement with American rebels 
Sep 17
1st treaty between the US & Indian tribes signed (Fort Pitt) 
Sep 19
The Continental Congress passes the first budget of the United States. 
Oct 3
Captain Cook anchors at Alaska 
Nov 11
Iroquois Indians in NY kill 40 in Cherry Valley Massacre 
Nov 26
Captain Cook discovers Maui in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii) 
Dec 29
English troops occupy Savannah, Georgia 
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