December 5

Event:
1776
The Phi Beta Kappa Society an academic honor society with the mission of “fostering and recognizing excellence” in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences is founded at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

1784 Phyllis Wheatley dies. Wheatley, born a slave but educated and release from slavery by her masters, was the first African American female writer published in the United States. Her book Poems on Various Subjects was published in 1773 and is seen as one of the first examples of African American literature.

Birth:
1782
Martin Van Buren, 8th President of the United States.

Celebrated Birth:
Hugh Williamson (b. 1735 – May 22, 1819) North Carolina member of the Constitutional Convention, signed the United States Constitution.

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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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