Category Archives: 1770s

Second Continental Congress approves Articles of Confederation 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 15 1777)


Video: 'The Articles of Confederation - The Constitution Before the Constitution'

(Saturday, November 15, 1777; during the American Revolutionary War, part of the American Revolution) — After more than a year of debate, the Second Continental Congress today approved the Articles of Confederation, an agreement among the 13 original states of the United States of America that served as its first constitution. Continue reading Second Continental Congress approves Articles of Confederation 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 15 1777)

British forces surrender at Saratoga, New York 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 17 1777)


Video: 'Battle of Saratoga'

(Friday, October 17, 1777; following the Battles of Saratoga, part of the American Revolution) — British forces under General John Burgoyne surrendered to American troops today in Saratoga, New York, in a turning point of the American Revolutionary War. Continue reading British forces surrender at Saratoga, New York 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 17 1777)

British troops occupy Philadelphia during American Revolution 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 26 1777)


(Saturday, September 26, 1777; during the American Revolutionary War and the American Revolution) — British troops marched into Philadelphia today and occupied the city, having forced the Second Continental Congress, meeting in the Pennsylvania State House (later called Independence Hall), to flee some days before. Continue reading British troops occupy Philadelphia during American Revolution 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 26 1777)

Americans win Battle of Bennington 240 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 16 1777)


Video: 'The Battle of Bennington Part I'

(Saturday, August 16, 1777, 3:00 p.m. local time; during the American Revolutionary War and the American Revolution) — American forces won the Battle of Bennington today in Walloomsac, New York, about 10 miles from its namesake Bennington, Vermont, what was considered a turning point of the Revolutionary War. Continue reading Americans win Battle of Bennington 240 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 16 1777)

Stars and Stripes adopted by Congress as Flag of the United States 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 14 1777)


Video: 'Today in History June 14, 1777 - Congress adopts the Stars and Stripes'

(Saturday, June 14, 1777; during the American Revolutionary War and the American Revolution) — The Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, today adopted the original design of the Stars and Stripes, specifying a flag containing thirteen red and white stripes and thirteen stars. Continue reading Stars and Stripes adopted by Congress as Flag of the United States 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 14 1777)

Sybil Ludington, 16, rides 40 miles to alert American colonial forces 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 26 1777)


Video: 'Women's History Minute: Sybil Ludington'

(Saturday, April 26, 1777, 9:00 p.m. local time; during the American Revolutionary War and the American Revolution) — 16-year-old Sybil Ludington, the eldest child of Col. Henry Ludington, a militia commander in Dutchess County, New York, rode her horse into the night tonight to alert her father’s men of the approach of British regular troops who were sacking Danbury, Connecticut. Continue reading Sybil Ludington, 16, rides 40 miles to alert American colonial forces 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 26 1777)

Americans defeat British forces at Princeton 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 3 1777)


Video: 'Battles of the American Revolution Battle of Princeton'

(Friday, January 3, 1777; during the American Revolutionary War and the American Revolution) — The Continental Army, commanded by General George Washington, defeated British forces today in The Battle of Princeton near Princeton, New Jersey. Continue reading Americans defeat British forces at Princeton 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 3 1777)

British forces suffer major defeat in Battle of Trenton 240 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 26 1776)


Video: 'The Crossing Part 5 (Just a Few More Miles)'

(Thursday, December 26, 1776, 8:00 a.m. local time; during the American Revolutionary War and the American Revolution) — General George Washington’s troops surprised the 1,500 Hessian troops under the command of Colonel Johann Rall today in Trenton, New Jersey, scoring decisive a victory in in the Battle of Trenton, taking 948 prisoners while suffering only 5 wounded. Continue reading British forces suffer major defeat in Battle of Trenton 240 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 26 1776)

Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River 240 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 25 1776)


Video: 'The Crossing Part 4 (Crossing The Delaware)'

(Wednesday, December 25, 1776, 6:00 p.m. local time; during the American Revolutionary War and the American Revolution) — General George Washington and his 2,600 troops marched to McKonkey’s Ferry, crossed the Delaware River tonight and landed on the New Jersey bank at 3 a.m. the following morning for a surprise attack against Hessian forces at Trenton, New Jersey. Continue reading Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River 240 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 25 1776)

‘These are the times that try men’s souls,’ writes Thomas Paine 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 19 1776)


Video: 'Thomas Paine "The American Crisis" Literary animation'

(Thursday, December 19, 1776; during the American Revolutionary War and the American Revolution) — Thomas Paine published his first American Crisis essay today in The Pennsylvania Journal, writing: “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Continue reading ‘These are the times that try men’s souls,’ writes Thomas Paine 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 19 1776)