1781 events in history

Jan 1 American Revolutionary War: 1,500 soldiers of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment under General Anthony Wayne's command rebel against the Continental Army's winter camp in Morristown, New Jersey in the Pennsylvania Line Mutiny of 1781
Jan 5 American Revolutionary War: Richmond, Virginia, is burned by British naval forces led by Benedict Arnold
Jan 6 In the Battle of Jersey, the British defeat the last attempt by France to invade Jersey
Jan 17 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Cowpens – Continental troops under Brigadier General Daniel Morgan defeat British forces under Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton at the battle in South Carolina
Feb 3 American Revolutionary War: British forces seize the Dutch-owned Caribbean island Sint Eustatius
Feb 18 Fourth Anglo-Dutch War: Captain Thomas Shirley opens his expedition against Dutch colonial outposts on the Gold Coast of Africa (present-day Ghana)
Mar 1 The Continental Congress adopts the Articles of Confederation
Mar 13 William Herschel discovers Uranus
Mar 15 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Guilford Courthouse – Near present-day Greensboro, North Carolina, 1,900 British troops under General Charles Cornwallis defeat an American force numbering 4,400
Apr 29 American Revolutionary War: British and French ships clash in the Battle of Fort Royal off the coast of Martinique
Jun 3 Jack Jouett begins his midnight ride to warn Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia legislature of an impending raid by Banastre Tarleton
Aug 24 American Revolutionary War: A small force of Pennsylvania militia is ambushed and overwhelmed by an American Indian group, which forces George Rogers Clark to abandon his attempt to attack Detroit
Sep 4 Los Angeles is founded as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula (The Village of Our Lady, the Queen of the Angels of Porziuncola) by 44 Spanish settlers
Sep 5 Battle of the Chesapeake in the American Revolutionary War: The British Navy is repelled by the French Navy, contributing to the British surrender at Yorktown
Sep 6 The Battle of Groton Heights takes place, resulting in a British victory
Sep 8 American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Eutaw Springs in South Carolina, the war's last significant battle in the Southern theater, ends in a narrow British tactical victory
Sep 28 American forces backed by a French fleet begin the siege of Yorktown, Virginia, during the American Revolutionary War
Oct 16 George Washington captures Yorktown, Virginia after the Siege of Yorktown
Oct 17 American Revolutionary War: British General Lord Charles Cornwallis surrenders at the Siege of Yorktown
Oct 19 At Yorktown, Virginia, representatives of British commander Lord Cornwallis handed over Cornwallis' sword and formally surrendered to George Washington and the comte de Rochambeau
Oct 20 Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, is approved in Habsburg Monarchy
Nov 29 The crew of the British slave ship Zong murders 133 Africans by dumping them into the sea to claim insurance
Dec 12 American Revolutionary War: Second Battle of Ushant – A British fleet led by HMS Victory defeats a French fleet