Category Archives: 1770s

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)

British capture Fort Washington from Patriots 240 years ago at this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 16 1776)


Video: 'Fort Washington, 1776'

(Saturday, November 16, 1776, 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. local time; during the American Revolutionary War and the American Revolution) — British and Hessian units today captured Fort Washington near the north end of Manhattan Island in New York in one of the worst Patriot defeats of the American Revolutionary War. Continue reading British capture Fort Washington from Patriots 240 years ago at this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Nov 16 1776)

British hang American spy Nathan Hale in New York City 240 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 22 1776)


Video: ‘Nathan Hale, American Spy… What His Sacrifice Means on Our Independence Day’

(Sunday, September 22, 1776, 11:00 a.m. local time; during the American Revolutionary War and the American Revolution)Nathan Hale, a 21-year-old American soldier and spy for the Continental Army, was executed this morning without trial one day after being captured by the British in New York City.

His last words before being hanged were purported to be “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

Battle of Long Island begins 240 years ago at this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 27 1776)


Video: 'Liberty - Battle of Long Island PBS' (Aug. 27, 1776, at 13:47)

(Tuesday, August 27, 1776, 1:00 a.m. local time; during the American Revolutionary War and the American Revolution) — The Battle of Long Island, the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War to take place after the United States declared its independence on July 4, 1776, began today as British troops attacked American forces to gain control of the strategically important city of New York. Continue reading Battle of Long Island begins 240 years ago at this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 27 1776)

Delegates begin signing U.S. Declaration of Independence 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 2 1776)


Video: 'Sons of liberty - George Washington Reads The Declaration Of Independence HD'

(Friday, August 2, 1776; during the American Revolutionary War and the American Revolution) — Delegates to the Second Continental Congress meeting today in Philadelphia began attaching their signatures to the Declaration of Independence, which had been approved July 4, 1776. Continue reading Delegates begin signing U.S. Declaration of Independence 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 2 1776)

Declaration of Independence adopted by Second Continental Congress 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (July 4 1776)


Video: 'The Revolution: Declaring Independence' (July 4, 1776, at 26:00)

(Thursday, July 4, 1776; during the American Revolutionary War and the American Revolution) — The Continental Congress meeting at Philadelphia today ratified the Declaration of Independence, which announced that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer under British rule. Continue reading Declaration of Independence adopted by Second Continental Congress 240 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (July 4 1776)