August 22

Ann Franklin becomes the first female US newspaper editor in Newport RI for the Mercury. The sister-in-law of Benjamin Franklin became editor upon the death of her son, James Franklin, Jr. She edited the paper until her death on April 16, 1763.

1770 James Cook claims for Great Britain the eastern coast Australia. It will be settled through penal transportation as the colony of New South Wales.

1777 With the approach of General Benedict Arnold’s army, British Colonel Barry St. Ledger abandoned Fort Stanwix and returns to Canada.

1787 John Fitch makes the first successful trial of a forty-five-foot steamboat on the Delaware River in the presence of members of the Constitutional Convention. He would be granted a patent for his design in 1791.

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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