September 30

Event:
1777
The Continental Congress having fled Philadelphia assembles in the brick York County Court House. Charles Thomson, the veteran secretary of Congress, records that body’s only action that day: “Met and adjourned to 10 o’Clock to Morrow.” There are not enough members in the town to meet.

1788 Pennsylvania elects the first two United States Senators, Robert Morris and William Maclay.

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September 29

Event:

1780 The plot of Benedict Arnold to surrender West Point to the British is discovered.

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September 28

Event:

1779 Samuel Huntington of Connecticut becomes the seventh President of the Continental Congress. He replaced John Jay, who left to become Ambassador to Spain. He is President when the Articles of Confederations takes effect becoming the first President of the United States in Congress Assembled. He serves until July 9, 1781 when ill health forces him to resign.

1781 The combined American/French army of nearly 17,000 men begin the siege of Yorktown. French cannons bombard Cornwallis and his 9000 men day and night while the Allied lines slowly advance and encircle them.

1785 Sixteen year old Napoleon Bonaparte graduates from the military academy in Paris. Out of the class of 51 he is 42nd.

1787 The United States Constitution as created at the Philadelphia (Constitutional) Conference is voted by the Continental Congress to be submitted to the thirteen United States for ratification.

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September 27

Event:
1777
The Continental Congress, having been forced out of Philadelphia with the advancements of The British Army under General Howe, reconvenes in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They will later move to York.

1779 The Continental Congress appoints John Adams to negotiate with Great Britain for peace.

Celebrated Birth:
Samuel Adams (b. 1722 – October 2, 1803) – Massachusetts’s tax collector, Delegate to First Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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September 26

Event:
1772
New Jersey passes a law that requires anyone practicing medicine to have a license.

1777 The British under General William Howe enters and occupy the city of Philadelphia. The Continental Congress had already left the city and will meet in York, Pennsylvania during the British occupation.

1786 England and France signs a trade agreement.

1786 At Dover Delaware, The Diocese of the Episcopal Church for Delaware was organized.  This Diocese would be under the episocpal supervision of the Bishop of Pennsylvania joining the Dioceses of Maryland and Pennsylvania.  It was the eight of the original nine dioceses of the Episcopal church.

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September 25

Event:
1773
Daniel Boone with his family and a group of about 50 emigrants begins the first attempt by Americans to establish a settlement in Kentucky.

1775 The British capture American Revolutionary War commander Ethan Allen. He is held for two years before being exchanged.

1780 Benedict Arnold after giving John André information on how the Fort at West Point and learning of André’s capture, flees to the British ship Vulture on the Hudson.

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September 24

Event:
1776
The St Leger horserace, a race of just under 3km for 3-year old colts and fillies run at Doncaster on the Town Moor Racecourse, is held for the first time.

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September 23

Event:
1779
John Paul Jones, aboard the Bonhomme Richard, captures the British man-of-war Serapis near the English coast. During the battle when the British demanded his surrender Jones responded “ I have not yet begun to fight!”.

1780 British spy John Andre arrested as a spy by American soldiers near Tarrytown, New York exposing Benedict Arnold’s treason.

Birth:
1771
Emperor Kōkaku, the 119th imperial ruler of Japan.

Celebrated Birth:
Empress Go-Sakuramachi (b. 1740 – December 24, 1813) the 117th imperial ruler of Japan and last of eight Empresses.

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September 22

Events:
1774
Pope Clement XIV dies.

1776 Nathan Hale is hung by the British in New York as a spy. He had been captured the day before during the New York fire and notes and drawings were discovered hidden in his clothes. Hale admitted he was a Patriot soldier, an admission that sealed his fate. He had been out of uniform and operated behind enemy lines; under the existing rules of war he was subject to execution without trial. At this time British officers were especially uneasy about spies. The diary entry of Lt. Robert MacKensie, a British officer in New York at the time read, “He behaved with great composure and resolution, saying he thought it the duty of every good Officer, to obey any orders given him by his Commander-in-Chief; and desired the Spectators to be at all times prepared to meet death in whatever shape it might appear.”

1784 Russian trappers establish a colony on Kodiak Island, Alaska.

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September 21

Event:
1776
During the night a fire breaks out in New York. Strong winds quickly spread the flames among tightly packed homes and businesses. Many residents are forced onto the streets, clutching the few possessions they could gather, and find refuge on the grassy town common. The fire rages into the daylight hours and eventually consumed between 400 and 500 buildings — about one-quarter of the city. There has never been a definite answer on how the fire started. However, even Washington speculated that Patriot arsonists might have been at work.

1780 Benedict Arnold as the commander of the Fort in West Point meets with British spy John André and gives him information that could allow the British to capture the fort. André will be caught with the information and Arnold’s treason is discovers. Arnold will not be captured, but will join the British.

Celebrated Birth:
Francis Hopkinson (b. 1737 – May 9, 1791) New Jersey Lawyer, member of Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence

John McAdam (b. 1756 – November 26, 1836) Scottish engineer and road builder. During the Revolutionary Period he worked in his uncle’s counting house in New York, but in the early 19th century he developed a process of road building that raised them above ground and constructed by layers of rocks and gravel. The system was termed macadamisation and is now known as macadam.

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