1776 in the United States

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1776 in the United States
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Events from the year 1776 in the United States. This year is celebrated in the United States as the official beginning of its nationhood, with the Declaration of Independence issued on July 4.




  • February 27 – American Revolution: Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge: North Carolina Loyalists charge across Moore's Creek bridge near Wilmington to attack what they mistakenly believe to be a small force of rebels. Several loyalist leaders are killed in the ensuing battle. The patriot victory virtually ends all British authority in the town.





June 28: The United States Declaration of Independence is presented to the Congress


  • July 2 – American Revolution: The final (despite minor revisions) U.S. Declaration of Independence is written. The Continental Congress passes the Lee Resolution.
  • July 4 – American Revolution: United States Declaration of Independence. The United States officially declares independence from the British Empire.
  • July 8 – American Revolution: The Liberty Bell rings for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.
  • July 9 – American Revolution: An angry mob in New York City topples the equestrian statue of George III in Bowling Green.
  • July 29 – Francisco Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, Francisco Atanasio Domínguez, and eight other Spaniards set out from Santa Fe on an eighteen-hundred mile trek through the American Southwest. They are the first Europeans to explore the vast region between the Rockies and the Sierras.[2]



  • September 1 - Invasion of Cherokee Nation by 6,000 patriot troops from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina begins. The troops destroy thirty-six Cherokee towns.[3]
  • September 7 – American Revolution: World's first submarine attack. American submersible craft Turtle attempts to attach a time bomb to the hull of British Admiral Richard Howe's flagship HMS Eagle in New York Harbor.
  • September 11 – American Revolution: The British and Americans meet at the Staten Island Peace Conference seeking to end the revolution. The meeting is brief and unsuccessful.
  • September 15 – American Revolution: British land on Manhattan at Kip's Bay.
  • September 16 – American Revolution: Battle of Harlem Heights is fought, and won, making it Washington's first battle field victory.
  • September 22 – American Revolution: Nathan Hale executed in New York City for espionage.






  • April 6 – Jesse Bledsoe, United States Senator from Kentucky from 1813 till 1814. (died 1836)
  • October 30 – George M. Bibb, United States Senator from Kentucky from 1811 till 1814. (died 1859)
  • September 15 – Calvin Willey, United States Senator from Connecticut from 1825 till 1831. (died 1858)
  • December 8 – William Logan, United States Senator from Kentucky from 1819 till 1820. (died 1822)


  • March 30 – Jonathan Belcher, lawyer, chief justice, and lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia (born 1710)
  • September 22 – Nathan Hale, spy (born 1755)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Timeline of the American Revolutionary War". Independence Hall. Archived from the original on May 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  2. ^ Saunt, Claudio (2014). West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776, p. 95. W. W. Norton & Company, New York. ISBN 9780393240207.
  3. ^ Saunt, Claudio (2014). West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776, p. 27. W. W. Norton & Company, New York. ISBN 9780393240207.

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