January 17

British sea Captain James Cook becomes the first to cross the Antarctic Circle.

1781 In the Battle of Cowpens, in western South Carolina, American General Daniel Morgan defeats British General Tarleton in an American victory and the capture of the British force.

1763 John Jacob Astor, the first of the Astor line. He will make his fortune in the fur trade and real estate.

Celebrated Birth:
Benjamin Franklin (b. 1706 – April 17, 1790) Pennsylvania representative to Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Minister to France, member of the Constitutional Convention, signed of the United States Constitution.

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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