1776 events in history

Jan 1 American Revolutionary War: Norfolk, Virginia is burned by combined Royal Navy and Continental Army action
Jan 10 Thomas Paine publishes his pamphlet Common Sense
Jan 27 American Revolutionary War: Henry Knox's "noble train of artillery" arrives in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Feb 27 American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge in North Carolina breaks up a Loyalist militia
Mar 2 American Revolutionary War: Patriot militia units arrest the Royal Governor of Georgia James Wright and attempt to prevent capture of supply ships in the Battle of the Rice Boats
Mar 3 American Revolutionary War: The first amphibious landing of the United States Marine Corps begins the Battle of Nassau
Mar 4 American Revolutionary War: The Continental Army fortifies Dorchester Heights with cannon, leading the British troops to abandon the Siege of Boston
Mar 17 American Revolution: British forces evacuate Boston, ending the Siege of Boston, after George Washington and Henry Knox place artillery in positions overlooking the city
Mar 28 Juan Bautista de Anza finds the site for the Presidio of San Francisco
Apr 6 American Revolutionary War: Ships of the Continental Navy fail in their attempt to capture a Royal Navy dispatch boat
Apr 7 Captain John Barry and the USS Lexington captures the Edward
Apr 12 American Revolution: With the Halifax Resolves, the North Carolina Provincial Congress authorizes its Congressional delegation to vote for independence from Britain
May 1 Establishment of the Illuminati in Ingolstadt (Upper Bavaria), by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt
May 4 Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III
May 15 American Revolution: the Virginia Convention instructs its Continental Congress delegation to propose a resolution of independence from Great Britain, paving the way for the United States Declaration of Independence
May 19 American Revolutionary War: A Continental Army garrison surrenders in the Battle of The Cedars
Jun 7 Richard Henry Lee presents the "Lee Resolution" to the Continental Congress. The motion was seconded by John Adams and led to the United States Declaration of Independence
Jun 8 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Trois-Rivières – American attackers are driven back at Trois-Rivières, Quebec
Jun 11 The Continental Congress appoints Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence
Jun 12 The Virginia Declaration of Rights is adopted
Jun 15 Delaware Separation Day: Delaware votes to suspend government under the British Crown and separate officially from Pennsylvania
Jun 28 The Battle of Sullivan's Island ends with the first decisive American victory in the American Revolutionary War leading to the commemoration of Carolina Day
Jun 28 Thomas Hickey, Continental Army private and bodyguard to General George Washington, is hanged for mutiny and sedition
Jun 29 Father Francisco Palou founds Mission San Francisco de Asis in what is now San Francisco, California
Jun 29 First privateer battle of the American Revolutionary War fought at Turtle Gut Inlet near Cape May, New Jersey
Jul 2 The Continental Congress adopts a resolution severing ties with the Kingdom of Great Britain although the wording of the formal Declaration of Independence is not approved until July 4
Jul 4 American Revolution: The United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress. The United States declared its independence in 1776
Jul 9 George Washington orders the Declaration of Independence to be read out loud to members of the Continental Army in New York, New York, for the first time
Jul 12 Captain James Cook begins his third voyage
Aug 2 The signing of the United States Declaration of Independence took place
Aug 10 American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London
Aug 27 Battle of Long Island: In what is now Brooklyn, New York, British forces under General William Howe defeat Americans under General George Washington
Sep 7 According to American colonial reports, Ezra Lee makes the world's first submarine attack in the Turtle, attempting to attach a time bomb to the hull of HMS Eagle in New York Harbor (no British records of this attack exist)
Sep 9 The Continental Congress officially names its new union of sovereign states the United States
Sep 10 American Revolutionary War: Nathan Hale volunteers to spy for the Continental Army
Sep 11 British–American peace conference on Staten Island fails to stop nascent American Revolutionary War
Sep 15 American Revolutionary War: British forces land at Kip's Bay during the New York Campaign
Sep 16 American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Harlem Heights is fought
Sep 17 The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain
Sep 21 Part of New York City is burned shortly after being occupied by British forces
Sep 22 Nathan Hale is hanged for spying during American Revolution
Oct 7 Crown Prince Paul of Russia marries Sophie Marie Dorothea of Württemberg
Oct 11 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Valcour Island – On Lake Champlain a fleet of American boats is defeated by the Royal Navy, but delays the British advance until 1777
Oct 26 Benjamin Franklin departs from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution
Oct 28 American Revolutionary War: Battle of White Plains: British Army forces arrive at White Plains, attack and capture Chatterton Hill from the Americans
Nov 16 American Revolutionary War: British and Hessian units capture Fort Washington from the Patriots
Nov 16 American Revolution: The United Provinces (Low Countries) recognize the independence of the United States
Nov 20 American Revolutionary War: British forces land at the Palisades and then attack Fort Lee. The Continental Army starts to retreat across New Jersey
Nov 29 American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia, comes to an end with the arrival of British reinforcements
Dec 7 Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, arranges to enter the American military as a major general