Events in year of 1776

  • 01-01Gen George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag
  • 01-021st revolutionary flag displayed
  • 01-02Austria ends interregation torture
  • 01-05Assembly of New Hampshire adopts its 1st state constitution
  • 01-10"Common Sense" by Thomas Paine, published
  • 01-16Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks
  • 03-02Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston
  • 03-03US commodore Esek Hopkins occupies Nassau Bahamas
  • 03-17British forces evacuate Boston to Nova Scotia during Revolutionary War
  • 03-25Continental Congress authorized a medal for George Washington
  • 04-03Washington receives honorary Ll.D. degree from Harvard College
  • 04-12Halifax resolution for independence adopted by North Carolina
  • 04-15Duchess of Kingston found guilty of bigamy
  • 05-01Adam Weishaupt founds secret society of Illuminati
  • 05-02France and Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels
  • 05-04Rhode Island declares independence from England
  • 05-12Turgot, French Minister of Finance, resigns
  • 06-07Richard Lee (VA) moves Declaration of Independence in Continental Congress
  • 06-10Continental Congress appoints a committee to write a Declaration of Independence
  • 06-11Continental Congress create a committee to draft Declaration of Independence
  • 06-12Virginia adopts Declaration of Rights
  • 06-23Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to US Congress
  • 06-28Charleston, SC repulses British sea attack
  • 06-29Va state constitution adopted and Patrick Henry made Governor
  • 07-011st vote on Declaration of Independence
  • 07-02Continental Congress resolves "these United Colonies are & of right ought to be Free & Independent States"
  • 07-04Declaration of Independence-US gains independence from Britain
  • 07-06Dec of Ind announced on front page of "PA Evening Gazette"
  • 07-08Colonel John Nixon gave 1st public reading of Declaration of Independence (Philadelphia)
  • 07-12Captain Cook departs with Resolution for 3rd trip to Pacific Ocean

People born in year of 1776

  • 01-06Ferdinand von Schill: Prussian officer / rebel
  • 01-24Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann: German writer / judge / composer (Undine)
  • 02-11Joannis Capodistrias: Greek Governor of Troezen (1827-31)
  • 02-18John Parry: Composer
  • 02-21Vincenzo Lavigna: Composer
  • 02-23John Walter II: London, England -- Chief proprietor (The Times, 1812-47)
  • 03-10Luise: Queen of Prussia / Wife of Frederik Willem III
  • 03-16Johan G Verstolk van Soelen: Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 04-08Thaddaus Weigl: Composer
  • 04-26Joan M Kemper: Dutch lawyer (designed civil code law book)
  • 05-04Johann Friedrich Herbart: Germany -- Philosopher / psychologist
  • 05-10George Thomas Smart: Composer
  • 05-12Juan Bros y Bertomel: Composer
  • 05-13Charles Ots: Composer
  • 05-13Rodrigo Ferreira da Costa: Composer
  • 06-01John George Schetky: Composer
  • 06-11John Constable: England, United Kingdom -- Landscape painter (Hay Wain)
  • 08-04Wenzel Sedlak: Composer
  • 08-15Gottlieb Schick: German painter (Apollo under the Hirten)
  • 08-15Ignaz Xaver von Seyfried: Composer
  • 08-16Philipp Jakob Riotte: Composer
  • 09-27Maria E J Versfelt: Actress / mistress (General Moreau & Marshal Ney)
  • 11-14Henri Dutrochet: Discovered and named process of osmosis
  • 12-06Paul Friedrich Struck: Composer
  • 12-29Charles Macintosh: Scotland, United Kingdom -- Patented waterproof fabric

People died in year of 1776

  • 04-19Jacob Israel Emden [Jacob ben Tswi]: German rabbi, dies at 78
  • 04-22Johann Adolph Scheibe: German music theroist / composer, dies at 67
  • 04-24Carolus van de Abeele: Flemish Jesuit, dies at 84
  • 04-24Giuseppi Paolucci: Composer, dies at 49
  • 05-13Anton de Haen: Medical Ratio medendi, dies at 71
  • 07-01Francis Salvador: 1st Jew to die in American Revolutionary War
  • 09-22Nathan Hale: US captain / patriot / spy, hanged by British at 21
  • 11-22Johann Caspar Simon: Composer, dies at 75
  • 11-26Dov Baer of Mezhirech: Hassidic rabbi
  • 12-26Johann Gottlieb Rall: Hessian Colonel / mercenary, dies in battle

Events in year of 1777

  • 01-03Washington defeats British at Battle of Princeton, New Jersey
  • 01-12Mission Santa Clara de Asis founded in California
  • 01-15People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England
  • 01-16Vermont declares independence from New York
  • 01-18San Jose California, founded
  • 02-05Georgia becomes 1st US state to abolish both entail and primogeniture
  • 02-13De Sade arrested without charge, imprisoned in Vincennes fortress
  • 02-16Messier adds M53 to his catalog (globular cluster in Coma Berenice)
  • 02-21English ambassador Joseph Yorke demands dismissal of Governor John de Graaff for saluting US flag
  • 04-14New York adopts new constitution as an independent state
  • 04-20New York adopts new constitution as an independent state
  • 04-26Sybil Ludington, 16, rode from New York to Ct rallying her fathers militia
  • 05-01RB Sheridans "School for Scandal, " premieres in London
  • 05-121st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi - NY Gazette)
  • 05-13University library at Vienna opens
  • 06-13Leonard Norcross patents a submarine diving suit
  • 06-13Marquis de Lafayette lands in US
  • 06-14Continental Congress adopts Stars and Stripes replacing Grand Union flag
  • 07-02Vermont becomes 1st American colony to abolish slavery
  • 07-06British General Burgoyne captures Fort Ticonderoga from Americans
  • 07-08Vt becomes 1st state abolishing slavery, adopts male suffrage
  • 07-31Marquis de Lafayette, 19, made major-general of Continental Army
  • 08-04Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes 1st circus
  • 08-16Americans defeat British in Battle of Bennington, Vermont
  • 09-11Battle of Brandywine, Pa; Americans lose to British
  • 09-20Paoli massacre
  • 09-25English general William Howe conquers Philadelphia
  • 09-26British troops occupy Philadelphia during American Revolution
  • 09-27English General William Howe occupies Philadelphia
  • 09-30Congress, flees to York Pa, as British forces advance

People born in year of 1777

  • 01-01Micah Hawkins: Composer
  • 01-02Christian D Rauch: German sculptor
  • 01-03Louis Poinsot: French instrument worker
  • 01-03M A Elisa Bonaparte: Corsican Monarch of Lucca / Piombino
  • 01-08Filippo Traetta: Italy -- Composer / musicologist
  • 01-25Elias Canneman: Dutch liberal Minister of Finance (1813-14)
  • 03-09Alexander Orlowski: Polish painter / cartoonist / graphic artist
  • 03-17Roger Brooke Taney: Calvert, Maryland -- 5th Chief Justice (Dred Scott dec)
  • 03-19Anton R Falck: Dutch Minister of Education / diplomat
  • 04-12Henry Clay [the Great Compromiser]: US politician
  • 04-18Ignac Ruzitska: Composer
  • 05-04Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens: Composer
  • 05-28Joseph-Henri-Ignace Mees: Composer
  • 06-02Christian Traugott Tag: Composer
  • 07-09Henry Hallam: British lawyer / historian
  • 07-27Thomas Campbell: Poet (Hohenlinden, Battle of the Baltic)
  • 08-14Hans Christian Oersted: Den, physicist / chemist (View of Chemical Law)
  • 09-20Ramon Felix Cuellar y Altarriba: Composer
  • 10-06William Russell: Composer
  • 10-18Heinrich von Kleist: Germany -- Dramatist / poet (Penthesilea)
  • 11-28Georg A Kestner: German art collector / diplomat
  • 12-02Henry Doeff: Colonialist (wrote Dutch-Japanese dictionary)
  • 12-14Juan N Gallego: Spanish poet / interpreter (El dos the mayo)
  • 12-16Janos Fusz: Composer
  • 12-23Aleksandr I P Romanov: Tsar of Russia (1801-25)

People died in year of 1777

  • 01-01Emanuele Barbella: Composer, dies at 58
  • 03-01Georg Christoph Wagenzeil: Austria (court)composer / pianist, dies at 62
  • 03-22John Bartram: Father of American botany, dies at 77
  • 05-16Button Gwinnet: US revolutionary leader, dies from wounds
  • 06-22Josef Christian: German sculptor, dies at 71
  • 07-13Guillaume Coustou, Jr.: French Sculptor (Apollo / Mars / Venus), dies at 61
  • 07-27William Hayes: Composer, dies at 69
  • 08-17Giuseppe Scarlotti: Composer, dies at 54
  • 08-23Giuseppe Sellitto: Composer, dies at 77
  • 09-01Johann Ernst Bach: Composer, dies at 55
  • 09-25Johann Heinrich Lambert: Mathematician, dies at 49
  • 10-07Simon Fraser: English General, dies in battle
  • 10-13Dismas Hatas: Composer, dies at 52
  • 11-30Jean-Marie Leclair: Composer, dies at 74
  • 12-12Albrecht von Haller: Swiss Physician / biologist / author, dies at 69
  • 12-12Benjamin Russen: Rev, executed at Tyburn England for rape
  • 12-30Maximilian III Jozef: Elector of Bayern (1745-77), dies at 50