August 27

Event:
1776
Battle of Long Island. In the opening round of the New York campaign, British forces routed the Americans, which forced them to retreat at night across the East River to the temporary safety of Manhattan. The Americans listed about 1,400 casualties from the rout on Long Island. The British toll numbered fewer than 400. Washington observed from atop Brooklyn Heights.

1783 César Charles launched the first balloon inflated with hydrogen gas in Paris. It was not manned. The sphere, ascended from the Place des Victories in Paris to a height of nearly 3,000 feet. It came down some 15 miles away where and was attacked by terrified peasants, who destroyed it. Even though hydrogen is highly flammable, it soon replaced air as the gas for balloons.

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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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