1777 events in history

Jan 2 American Revolutionary War: American forces under the command of George Washington repulsed a British attack at the Battle of the Assunpink Creek near Trenton, New Jersey
Jan 3 American General George Washington defeats British General Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Princeton
Jan 12 Mission Santa Clara de Asís is founded in what is now Santa Clara, California
Jan 15 American Revolutionary War: New Connecticut (present day Vermont) declares its independence
Mar 8 Regiments from Ansbach and Bayreuth, sent to support Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, mutiny in the town of Ochsenfurt
Apr 13 American Revolutionary War: American forces are ambushed and defeated in the Battle of Bound Brook, New Jersey
Apr 27 American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Ridgefield: A British invasion force engages and defeats Continental Army regulars and militia irregulars at Ridgefield, Connecticut
Jun 13 American Revolutionary War: Marquis de Lafayette lands near Charleston, South Carolina, in order to help the Continental Congress to train its army
Jun 14 The Stars and Stripes is adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States
Jul 2 Vermont becomes the first American territory to abolish slavery
Jul 6 American Revolutionary War: Siege of Fort Ticonderoga: After a bombardment by British artillery under General John Burgoyne, American forces retreat from Fort Ticonderoga, New York
Jul 7 American Revolutionary War: American forces retreating from Fort Ticonderoga are defeated in the Battle of Hubbardton
Jul 31 The U.S. Second Continental Congress passes a resolution that the services of Gilbert du Motier "be accepted, and that, in consideration of his zeal, illustrious family and connexions, he have the rank and commission of major-general of the United States."
Aug 6 American Revolutionary War: The bloody Battle of Oriskany prevents American relief of the Siege of Fort Stanwix
Aug 16 American Revolutionary War: The Americans led by General John Stark rout British and Brunswick troops under Friedrich Baum at the Battle of Bennington in Walloomsac, New York
Aug 22 American Revolutionary War: British forces abandon the Siege of Fort Stanwix after hearing rumors of Continental Army reinforcements
Sep 3 American Revolutionary War: During the Battle of Cooch's Bridge, the Flag of the United States is flown in battle for the first time
Sep 11 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Brandywine: The British celebrate a major victory in Chester County, Pennsylvania
Sep 19 American Revolutionary War: British forces win a tactically expensive victory over the Continental Army in the First Battle of Saratoga
Sep 26 American Revolution: British troops occupy Philadelphia
Sep 27 Lancaster, Pennsylvania is the capital of the United States, for one day
Oct 4 Battle of Germantown: Troops under George Washington are repelled by British troops under Sir William Howe
Oct 6 American Revolutionary War: General Sir Henry Clinton leads British forces in the capture of Continental Army Hudson River defenses in the Battle of Forts Clinton and Montgomery
Oct 7 American Revolutionary War: The Americans defeat the British in the Second Battle of Saratoga, also known as the Battle of Bemis Heights
Oct 17 American Revolutionary War: British General John Burgoyne surrenders his army at Saratoga, New York
Oct 22 American Revolutionary War: American defenders of Fort Mercer on the Delaware River repulse repeated Hessian attacks in the Battle of Red Bank
Nov 15 American Revolutionary War: After 16 months of debate the Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation
Nov 17 Articles of Confederation (United States) are submitted to the states for ratification
Nov 29 San Jose, California, is founded as Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. It is the first civilian settlement, or pueblo, in Alta California
Dec 17 American Revolution: France formally recognizes the United States
Dec 18 The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the Americans over British General John Burgoyne in the Battle of Saratoga in October
Dec 19 American Revolutionary War: George Washington's Continental Army goes into winter quarters at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Dec 24 Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook