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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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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