1777 in History
January 3 Washington defeats British at Battle of Princeton, New Jersey
January 12 Mission Santa Clara de Asis founded in California
January 15 People of New Connecticut, Vermont, declare independence from England
January 16 Vermont declares independence from NY
January 18 San Jose, California, founded
February 5 Georgia becomes 1st U.S. state to abolish both entail and primogeniture
February 13 de Sade arrested without charge, imprisoned in Vincennes fortress
February 16 Messier adds M53 to his catalog (globular cluster in Coma Berenice)
February 21 English ambassador Joseph Yorke demands dismissal of Governor John de Graaff for saluting U.S. flag
April 14 New York adopts new constitution as an independent state
April 16 Battle of Bennington-New England's Green Mountain Boys rout Brits
April 20 New York adopts new constitution as an independent state
April 26 Sybil Ludington, 16, rode from New York to Ct rallying her fathers militia
May 1 RB Sheridans "School for Scandal," premieres in London
May 12 1st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi-NY Gazette)
May 13 University library at Vienna opens
June 13 Leonard Norcross patents a submarine diving suit
June 13 Marquis de Lafayette lands in US
June 14 Continental Congress adopts Stars and Stripes replacing Grand Union flag
July 2 Vermont becomes 1st American colony to abolish slavery
July 6 British General Burgoyne captures Fort Ticonderoga from Americans
July 8 Vermont becomes 1st state abolishing slavery, adopts male suffrage
July 31 Marquis de Lafayette, 19, made major-general of Continental Army
August 4 Retired British cavalry officer Philip Astley establishes 1st circus
August 16 Americans defeat British in Battle of Bennington, Vt
September 11 Battle of Brandywine, Pa; Americans lose to British
September 19 Battle of Freeman's Farm (Bemis Heights) or 1st Battle of Saratoga
September 20 Paoli massacre
September 25 English general William Howe conquers Philadelphia
September 26 British troops occupy Philadelphia during American Revolution
September 27 Battle of Germantown; Washington defeated by British
September 27 English General William Howe occupies Philadelphia
September 30 Congress, flees to York Pa, as British forces advance
October 4 Battle of Germantown
October 4 General George Washington's troops attacked British at Germantown, Pennsylvania
October 5 Washington begins assault on Germantown, Penn
October 6 Battle of Germantown; Washington defeated by British
October 7 Americans beat Brits in 2nd Battle of Saratoga and Battle of Bemis Hts
October 15 Major James Graves Simcoe appointed commandant of Queen's Rangers
October 17 British General John Burgoyne surrenders at Saratoga NY
November 15 Articles of Confederation adopted by Continental Congress
December 2 British General Howe plots attack on Washington's army for Dec 4
December 8 Captain Cook leaves Society Islands
December 17 France recognizes independence of English colonies in America
December 17 ,George Washingtons army returns to Valley Forge Pennsylvania
December 18 1st national Thanksgiving Day, commemorating Burgoyne's surrender
December 19 Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania for winter