September 15

Event:
1762
Empress Go-Sakuramachi, Toshiko, becomes Empress of Japan. She was the 117th imperial ruler and the last of eight empresses. She would abdicate to her nephew on January 9, 1771.

1774 Cossack leader Yemelyan Pugachev, who led a rebellion against Catherine the Great of Russia, believing he was the rightful heir to the throne is turned over to the Tsarist government by his own men.

1776 The Battle of Kip’s Bay. British warships took positions on Kip’s Bay to provide protection for a flotilla of flat-bottomed boats that ferried 4,000 British soldiers to Manhattan. American forces under Colonel William Douglas put up a meager resistance before breaking and running. Washington observed the disarray from a hilltop vantage point. He rushed on horseback into the fray in an attempt to reform the Patriot lines. His cries of encouragement failed to have the desired effect and, increasingly angry, he swatted fleeing soldiers with the flat side of his sword. It was later noted that both privates and colonels were running from the battle and Washington treated both with “democratic indiscrimination.” The commander’s aides finally grabbed the reins of his horse and pulled him from the field in an effort to avoid his capture. The Battle of Kip’s Bay placed New York City firmly in British hands, where it would remain for the course of the war.

1787 Utrecht patriots flee from Amsterdam leaving the city empty when it is entered by the Prussian Army.

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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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