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1776 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 1776
Ab urbe condita 2529
Armenian calendar 1225
Assyrian calendar 6526
Bengali calendar 1183
Berber calendar 2726
British Regnal year 16 Geo. 3 – 17 Geo. 3
Buddhist calendar 2320
Burmese calendar 1138
Byzantine calendar 7284–7285
Chinese calendar 乙未(Wood Goat)
4472 or 4412
    — to —
丙申年 (Fire Monkey)
4473 or 4413
Coptic calendar 1492–1493
Discordian calendar 2942
Ethiopian calendar 1768–1769
Hebrew calendar 5536–5537
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 1832–1833
 - Shaka Samvat 1697–1698
 - Kali Yuga 4876–4877
Holocene calendar 11776
Igbo calendar 776–777
Iranian calendar 1154–1155
Islamic calendar 1189–1190
Japanese calendar An'ei 5
Javanese calendar 1701–1702
Julian calendar Gregorian minus 11 days
Korean calendar 4109
Minguo calendar 136 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar 308
Thai solar calendar 2318–2319

1776 (MDCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (dominical letter GF) of the Gregorian calendar and a leap year starting on Friday (dominical letter CB) of the Julian calendar, the 1776th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 776th year of the 2nd millennium, the 76th year of the 18th century, and the 7th year of the 1770s decade. As of the start of 1776, the Gregorian calendar was 11 days ahead of the Julian calendar, which remained in localized use until 1923. The year is dominated by events of the American Revolutionary War.






July 4: American Declaration of Independence.


September 22: British hang spy Nathan Hale in New York City.


  • December 23 – American Revolution: Thomas Paine, living with Washington's troops, begins publishing The American Crisis, containing the stirring phrase, "These are the times that try men's souls."
  • December 25 – American Revolution: Gen. George Washington orders the first issue of The Crisis read to his troops on Christmas Eve, then at 6 p.m. all 2600 of them march to McKonkey's Ferry, cross the Delaware River and land on the New Jersey bank at 3 a.m. the following morning.
  • December 26 – American Revolution: Battle of Trenton: Washington's troops surprise the 1500 Hessian troops under the command of Col. Johann Rall at 8 a.m. outside Trenton and score a victory,[2] taking 948 prisoners while suffering only 5 wounded.




  1. ^ "Timeline of the American Revolutionary War". Independence Hall. Archived from the original on May 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 330–331. ISBN 0-304-35730-8. 
  3. ^ "Askersunds historia" (in Swedish). Föreningen Gamla Askersund. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0. 
  5. ^ a b Saunt, Claudio (2014). West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 9780393240207. 
  6. ^ "Mariinsky Theatre: History of the Theatre". Mariinsky Theatre. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  7. ^ Rice, Hank (June 2000), Footnotes in History: "The First Salute", Sons of the American Revolution 

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