June 15

The Second Continental Congress names George Washington Commander-in-chief of the Army.

1776 The Delaware General Assembly votes to suspend government under British rule.

1781 The Continental Congress modifies their 1779 peace instructions to include only U.S. independence and sovereignty as essential items.

1785 Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozierand along with Pierre Romain, while attempting to cross the English Channel by hot air balloon, becomes the first casualties of an air crash.

1787 The New Jersey Plan is introduced at the Philadelphia Convention, now known as the Constitutional Convention Conference. It was a response to the Virginia plan, which some thought would allow larger states keep smaller states from having any influence in the federal government. It included:
* The Congress was maintained, but granted new powers. For example, they could set taxes and force their collection
* An executive, elected by Congress, was created – the Plan allowed for a multi-person executive
* The executives served a single term and were subject to recall based on the request of state governors
* A judiciary appointed by the executives, with life-terms
* Congress laws took precedence over state laws

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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