December 12

Event:
1770
The trial of six British Soldiers involved in the shooting in Boston on March 5, 1770, the Boston Massacre, ends with the acquittal of four of the soldiers with the other two guilty of manslaughter and released after having their hands banded. John Adams defended the soldiers with evidence that they fired only after being attacked.

1776 With the British Army moving towards Philadelphia, the Continental Congress end it’s agonizing as to stay and finally decides to leave Philadelphia. They move south to Baltimore.

1781 The Second Battle of Ushant, a naval battle between French and British squadrons near Ushant is fought. A French convoy with reinforcements and stores for the East and West Indies and protected by a fleet of 19 ships of the line commanded by Comte de Guichen was intercepted by a British squadron of 13 ships of the line, commanded by Rear Admiral Richard Kempenfelt in HMS Victory. Only two of five French ships reached the West Indies.

1787 Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution.

Celebrated Birth:
John Jay (b. 1745 – May 17, 1829) New York member of the Continental Congress and served term as President.

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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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