September 5

The First Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia. The idea of a meeting of the colonies was first proposed a year before, but it wasn’t until the passing of the Intolerable Acts that it gain support. Twelve of the colonies sent delegates. Georgia decided not to attend because they were in need of British troops due to Creek invasions on their borders. It sought to right the wrongs that had been inflicted on the colonies and hoped that a unified voice would gain them a hearing in London. Peyton Randolph is named President of Congress.

1781 British fleet under Thomas Graves arrives to fight Comte de Grasse, who was guarding the Chesapeake Bay and any possible escape from Virginia by General Cornwallis. The British fleet is not successful.

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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