July 2

The Townshend Acts is passed by Parliament. As a way to defray the expenses of maintaining a standing army and administration of the colonies, an importation duty was put on glass, paint, oil, paper and tea. This tax would be an external tax, as opposed to the internal tax of the Stamp Act. As a result of this act there was a resurrection of colonial hostilities that had been created by the Stamp Act.

1767 New York Restraining Act is passed by Parliament. This act suspended the New York Assembly until it complied with the Quartering Acts, which had been passed in 1764. This act took effect on October 1, 1767. However even after a new assembly was elected New York did not comply. It too was dissolved which finally complied but was considered a betrayal by Patriots.

1776 The Second Continental Congress passes Richard Henry Lee’s Resolution for Independence. It was approved by 12 of the 13 colonies represented. New York, who still had not received instructions from their governing body, abstained.

1778 The Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia after they returns to Philadelphia from York, Pennsylvania, now that the city is not under the control of the British.

1778 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Swiss philosopher, dies

1778 Bathsheba Ruggles Spooner is the first woman to be executed in 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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