Events from the year
1776 in the United States. This year is celebrated in the United States as the official beginning of the nation, 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 7 – American Revolution:
Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposes to the Continental Congress the Lee Resolution that "these united colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states." June 8 – American Revolution:
Battle of Trois-Rivières: American invaders are driven back at Trois-Rivières, Quebec. June 11 – American Revolution: The
Continental Congress appoints the Committee of Five to draft the Declaration of Independence. The principal draft will be written by Thomas Jefferson. June 12 – American Revolution:
Virginia Declaration of Rights by George Mason adopted by the Virginia Convention of Delegates. June 15 – American Revolution: Delaware Separation Day: The
Delaware General Assembly votes to suspend government under the British Crown. June 17 – Lt.
Jose Joaquin Moraga leads a band of colonists from Monterey Presidio, landing on June 29 and, with Father Francisco Palóu, constructing the Mission San Francisco de Asís ("Mission Dolores") of the new Presidio of San Francisco, the oldest surviving building in the modern-day city. June 28 -
Battle of Sullivan's Island. June 28 – American Revolution: The
Committee of Five presents their United States Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress, which begins a further revision process, removing reference to slavery. June 29 – American Revolution: Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet – The Continental Navy successfully challenges the British Royal Navy blockade off Cape May County, New Jersey.
July 1 – American Revolution: Congress sitting as a
committee of the whole votes in favor of independence. July 2 – American Revolution: The final (despite minor revisions) U.S. Declaration of Independence is written. The full Continental Congress passes the
Lee Resolution. July 3 – American Revolution: British troops first land on Staten Island, which will become the longest occupied land for the duration of the conflict.
American Revolution: The
United States Declaration of Independence, in which the United States officially declares independence from the British Empire, is approved by the Continental Congress and signed by its president, John Hancock, together with representatives from Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts Bay, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia. John Rutledge is sworn in as the 31st governor of South Carolina. July 5 –
Patrick Henry is sworn in as the first governor of Virginia. July 8 – American Revolution: The
Liberty Bell rings for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia. 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. 
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.
 September 7 – American Revolution: World's first
submarine attack. American submersible craft attempts to attach a Turtle 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. December 5 –
Phi Beta Kappa honor society founded at the College of William and Mary. December 7 – American Revolution:
Marquis de Lafayette attempts to enter the American military as a major general. December 14 – American Revolution:
Ambush of Geary December 19 – American Revolution:
Thomas Paine, living with Washington's troops, publishes the first in the series of pamphlets on in The American Crisis , opening with the stirring phrase, "These are the times that try men's souls." The Pennsylvania Journal December 21 – American Revolution: The Royal Colony of North Carolina reorganizes into the
State of North Carolina after adopting its own constitution. Richard Caswell becomes the first governor of the newly formed state. December 22–23 – American Revolution:
Battle of Iron Works Hill December 25 – American Revolution: At 6 p.m. Gen. George Washington and his troops, numbering 2,400, march to
McConkey's Ferry, cross the Delaware River, and land on the New Jersey bank by 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, taking 948 prisoners while suffering only 5 wounded.
January–June Edit January 1 –
James M. Broom, politician (died 1850) January 2 –
Jeremiah Chaplin, Reformed Baptist theologian (died 1841) January 16 –
Matthew Brown, college president (died 1853) January 21 –
Elisha Haley, politician (died 1860) January 24 –
Peter A. Jay, politician (died 1843) February 26 –
Innis Green, congressman for Pennsylvania (died 1839) March 1
March 3 –
James Parker, politician (died 1868) March 5 –
Gerard Troost, mineralogist (died 1850) March 8
March 17 –
Joel Abbot, politician (died 1826) March 19 –
Philemon Beecher, politician (died 1839) March 20 –
Joshua Bates, educator (died 1854) April 6 –
Jesse Bledsoe, U.S. senator from Kentucky from 1813 to 1814 (died 1836) April 25 –
James Miller, politician and military general (died 1851) May 5 –
Valentine Efner, politician (died 1865) May 6 –
Rensselaer Westerlo, politician (died 1851) May 13 –
Jett Thomas, militia general (died 1817) May 17 –
Amos Eaton, naturalist and pioneer of scientific education (died 1842) May 18 –
Dennis Pennington, politician (died 1854) May 31 –
José Antonio de la Garza, mayor (died 1851) June 1 –
George Schetky, violincellist and composer (died 1831) June 4 –
Isaac B. Van Houten, politician (died 1850) June 6 –
William Reed, politician (died 1837) June 19 –
Francis Johnson, congressman (died 1842) June 23 – Stephen Longfellow, politician (died 1849)
July–December Edit July 1 –
Samuel Thatcher, politician (died 1872) July 4 –
Ethan Allen Brown, politician (died 1852) July 5
July 10 –
Samuel Powell, politician (died 1841) July 29 –
James McSherry, politician (died 1849) August 13 –
Abraham Shepherd, politician (died 1847) August 21 –
Joseph Healy, politician (died 1861) August 26 –
Henry A. Livingston, politician (died 1849) September 1 –
Ezekiel Bacon, politician (died 1870) September 4 –
Stephen Whitney, merchant (died 1860) September 9 –
Parmenio Adams, politician (died 1832) September 15
September 17 –
Langdon Cheves, politician (died 1857) October 18 –
Cowles Mead, politician (died 1844) October 30
October 31 –
Francis Locke, politician (died 1823) November 1 –
Abraham McClellan, politician (died 1851) November 7 –
Bartow White, politician (died 1862) November 10
December 7 –
Reuben Whallon, politician (died 1843) December 8 –
William Logan, U.S. senator from Kentucky from 1819 to 1820 (died 1822) December 10 –
David Marchand, politician (died 1832) December 13 –
James Hawkes, congressman (died 1865) December 25 –
John Slater, businessman (died 1843) December 30 – William Drayton, politician (died 1846) References Edit
"Timeline of the American Revolutionary War". Independence Hall. Archived from the original on May 30, 2007 . Retrieved . 2007-06-01
^ Saunt, Claudio (2014).
West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776, p. 95. W. W. Norton & Company, New York. ISBN 9780393240207.
U.S. State Department (1911). The Declaration of Independence, 1776. pp. 10–11.
^ Saunt, Claudio (2014).
Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776, p. 27. W. W. Norton & Company, New York. ISBN 9780393240207. External links Edit