September 22

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.

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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