1776 in History – What happened in year 1776

✅ Published on April 1st, 2009 in 18th Century in History

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.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1776 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
10 januaryCommon Sense, a pamphlet by Thomas Paine denouncing British Rule in the Thirteen Colonies, was published.
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.
02 marchAmerican 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 marchAmerican Revolutionary War: Samuel Nicholas and the Continental Marines successfully landed on New Providence and captured Nassau in the Bahamas.
09 marchThe Wealth of Nations by Scottish political economist AdamSmith was first published, becoming the first modernwork in the field of economics.
17 marchAmerican Revolutionary War-The British Army garrison in Boston, Massachusetts, withdrew from the city, ending the 11-month Siege of Boston.
19 marchAmerican Revolutionary War: A Continental Army garrison west of Montreal surrendered to British troops in the Battle of The Cedars.
12 aprilThe fourth North Carolina Provincial Congress passed the Halifax Resolves, the first official action in the American colonies calling for independence from Britain during the American Revolution.
01 mayThe Order of the Illuminati, a secret society, was founded byAdam Weishaupt and Adolph von Knigge in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany.
04 mayThe Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations became the first of England's Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance tothe British Crown.
19 mayAmerican Revolutionary War: A Continental Army garrison west of Montreal surrendered to British troops in the Battle of The Cedars.
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.
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 juneThe Fifth Virginia Convention adopted a declaration of rights,a hugely influential document that proclaimed the inherent rights ofmen.
28 juneAmerican Revolutionary War: South Carolina militia repelled a British attack on Charleston.
29 juneThe first privateer battle of the American Revolutionary Warwas fought at the Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet near Cape May, New Jersey.
29 juneLieutenant José Joaquin Moraga and Father Francisco Palóufounded Mission San Francisco de Asís, the oldest surviving building in San Francisco.
04 julyThe Second Continental Congress adopted The United States Declaration of Independence. This declared that the thirteen American colonies at war with Great Britain, consider themselves as thirteen newly independent autonomous states, parting from the British Empire. Rather they formed a new nation called the United States of America.
04 julyIn Philadelphia, the Continental Congress adopted theDeclaration of Independence, announcing that the thirteen Americancolonies were no longer a part of the British Empire.
12 julyThird voyage of Captain James cook began. He was the British explorer and navigator. He discovered the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. He also discovered Hawaiian archipelagos during his third voyage.
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.
07 septemberAmerican Revolutionary War-Sergeant Ezra Lee made the first documented attack using a submersible when he piloted the Turtle to attempt to attach explosive charges on the hull of HMS Eagle in New York Harbor.
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 brokeout during British occupation of New York City, destroying up to 1,000 buildings.
22 septemberCaptain Nathan Hale, an American Revolutionary spy from theContinental Army, was hanged by British forces.
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.
16 novemberAmerican Revolutionary War-British and Hessian units captured Fort Washington from the Patriots.
29 novemberAmerican Revolutionary War-British reinforcements brought anend to the Patriot attempt to capture Fort Cumberland in Nova Scotia.
04 JulyRepresentatives of 13 states of America signed the Declaration of Independence of this country in the city of Philadelphia. That is why this day is known as the independence of America.
11 JulyThe famous 'James Cook' started his third sea voyage today.


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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