April 19

The Currency Act is passed. It restricts the issuance of paper money in colonies saying that paper money could longer be used as legal tender in the North American colonies, no new paper money could be issued and that paper money already in circulation was to be retired according to a prescribed timetable.

1775 The Battles of Lexington and Concord. The British advance party approached Lexington shortly after dawn, seventy-seven Minutemen were instructed by Captain Parker: “Stand your ground; don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.” The British commander, who was pleasantly surprised by the small size of the American force, ordered the colonists to throw down their arms and disperse. Some began to obey the order to leave, but held on to their arms. At that point a shot was fired — its source is unknown. Other shots quickly followed and when the smoke cleared, eight Americans lay dead and ten were wounded; one British soldier was slightly wounded. The outmatched Minutemen retreated into the nearby woods and the redcoats proceeded westward to their main objective, Concord.

1782 Netherlands recognizes the United States of America as a country. This is a result of Negotiations by John Adams.

Celebrated Birth:
Roger Sherman (b. 1921 (OS) – July 23, 1793) Connecticut member of Continental Congress, on committee to draft the Declaration of Independence, which he also signed, member of committee to form the Articles of Confederation, member of the Constitutional Convention, signed the Constitution of the United States.

For a Spiral Bound book with information on events that happened on each day of the year during the American Revolutionary Period click: American Revolutionary Period: 1760-1789

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