1782 in History
January 7 1st U.S. commercial bank, Bank of North America, opens in Philadelphia
February 4 British garrison surrenders to French and Spanish fleet
February 5 Spanish take Minorca (western Mediterranean) from English
February 13 French fleet occupies St. Christopher
February 21 U.S. congress resolves establishment of a U.S. mint
March 8 Gnadenhutten Massacre - Ohio militia kills 90 indians
April 12 Battle at Les Saintes West-Indies: British fleet beats French
April 19 Netherlands recognizes U.S.
June 20 Congress approves Great Seal of U.S. and eagle as it's symbol
July 6 British-French sea battle at Negapatam (South-Indies)
July 16 Mozart's opera "Das Entfuhrung aus dem Serail," premieres in Vienna
August 2 George Washington creates Honorary Badge of Distinction
August 7 George Washington creates Order of Purple Heart
August 14 Suriname forbids selling slave mothers without their babies
September 16 Great Seal of U.S. used for 1st time
November 30 Britain signs agreement recognizing U.S. independence
December 14 Charleston, South Carolina evacuated by British
December 29 1st nautical almanac in U.S. published by Samuel Stearns, Boston