August 14

Event:
1765
Massachusetts colonists, calling themselves the Sons of Liberty, gather in Boston under a large elm tree to protest the Stamp Act. They concluded their protest by hanging the effigy of two tax collectors from the tree. After that date the tree was known as the Liberty Tree. During the siege of Boston, in August of 1775, Loyalists defiantly cut the tree down in an act of spite and used the tree for firewood.

1779 The Continental Congress approves a peace plan with the British. It specified independence, complete withdrawal of British forces from Colonies and freedom of navigation on the Mississippi River as conditions.

1781 General George Washington receives word from French Admiral Count de Grasse indicating his entire 29-ship French fleet with 3000 soldiers is now heading for the Chesapeake Bay near General Cornwallis who is at Yorktown, Virginia. Washington decides to abandon his plans of attacking New York and begins moving his troops south to Virginia.

1784 Grigory Shelikhov, Russian merchant establishes the first permanent Russian settlement in Alaska on Kodiak Island. The village is named Three Saints Bay after one of the ships.

Birth:
1777
Hans Christian Oersted, Danish Physicist and chemist who discovered electromagnetism in 1819.

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For a Spiral Bound book with information on events that happened on each day of the year during the American Revolutionary Period goto: American Revolutionary Period: 1760-1789

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