This Timeline includes important dates for the lives of the people
and events that are included in this website.
1624 - Quaker George Fox was born in 1624.
1706 - Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706 in Boston.
1722 - Samuel Adams was born in Boston in 1722.
1723 - Crispus Attucks was born in 1723. His exact birth date can not be found because Attucks was a slave on a big plantation in Framingham, Massachusetts.
1726 - Colonel William Prescott was born in Groton, Massachusetts, in 1726.
1728 - Mercy Otis Warren was born in 1728 into a family of all boys.
1729 - General Howe was born on August 10, 1729, in England.
1731 - Martha Washington was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, on June 2, 1731.
1732 - Richard Henry Lee was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, on January 20, 1732.
1732 - George Washington was born February 22, 1732, in Virginia.
1734 - Paul Revere was born in Boston in 1734.
1735 - John Adams was born in 1735 in Braintree, Massachusetts.
1736 - Patrick Henry was born on May 29th, 1736, in Hanover County, Virginia.
1737 - John Hancock was born on January 12, 1737 in Braintree which is today known as Quincy, Massachusetts.
1737 - Thomas Paine was born on January 29, 1737, in Norfolk, England.
1738 - King George III was born in June 4, 1738.
1738 - Lord Charles Cornwallis, the man who would one day be accused of "losing America" was born on New Year's Eve, 1738.
1741 - Benedict Arnold was born in Norwich, Connecticut, on January 14, 1741.
1741 - Joseph Warren was born in Roxbury in 1741.
1742 - Nathaneal Greene was born in Warwick, Rhode Island, on August 7, 1742.
1743 - Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743, in Shadwell, Virginia.
1744 - Abigail Adams was born on November 22, 1744
1745 - Benjamin Rush was born on December 24, 1745, in Byberry, Pennsylvania.
1746 - William Billings, who composed Chester, was born October 7, 1746.
1747 - Casimir Pulaski was born in Podalia, Poland, on March 4, 1747.
1750 - John André was born in London in 1750.
1752 - Betsy Ross was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 1, 1752.
1753 - Phyllis Wheatley was born in 1753 in Senegal, Africa.
1754 - Molly Pitcher was born in 1754 in Trenton, New Jersey.
1755 - Nathan Hale was born on June 6, 1755, in Coventry, Connecticut.
1760 - Deborah Sampson was born in 1760.
1760-1820 - King George III was the ruler of Great Britain from 1760-1820.
1761 - Cybil Ludington was the oldest of twelve children and was born in Fredricksburg, Connecticut, in 1761.
1764 - The Sugar Act was passed in 1764.
1765 - The Quartering Act was established on March 24, 1765.
1765 - In 1765, the British government started the Stamp Act.
1770 - The Boston Massacre occurred on March 5, 1770.
1773 - The Boston Tea Party took place on December 16, 1773, when colonists threw tea into the Boston Harbor.
1774 - The Administration of Justice Act became effective May 20, 1774.
1774 - The Boston Port Bill became effective on June 1, 1774.
1774 - The Massachusetts Government Act became effective on May 20, 1774.
1774 - The Quebec Act was established on May 20, 1774.
1774 - The First Continental Congress was held on September 5, 1774, and lasted until October 26, 1774.
1775 - The Battle of Lexington and Concord was made up of two battles that began on April 18th, 1775.
1775 - On April 19, 1775, war broke out between the colonies and Great Britain.
1776 - The Second Continetal Congress met on May 10, 1776, in the State House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1775 - On June 17, 1775, in Massachusetts, the British Soldiers drove the American colonists from Bunker Hill.
1776 - On May 15, 1776, the members of the Second Continental Congress decided to officially put the colonies in a state of defense.
1776 - On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee made his famous proposal to congress: "that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States."
1776 - July 4, 1776, Declaration of Independence signed in Congress.
1776 - The Liberty Bell rang out to call the people of Philadelphia together for the reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8, 1776.
1776 - General George Washington gave an order for the Declaration of Independence to be read to his army in New York on July 9, 1776.
1776 - On September 22, 1776, Nathan Hale was hanged.
1777 - In April 26, 1777, the British came to attack Danbury, Connecticut, to take the Continental Army's supplies that were kept there. Cybil Ludington rode out on a cold, dark night during a thunderstorm to warn her father's militiamen of the burning of Danbury.
1777 - On June 14, 1777, Congress resolved that the flag of the U. S. should be "thirteen stripes alternate red and white, that the Union be thirteen stars white in a blue field. . ."
1777 - Benjamin Rush was appointed Surgeon General to the armies of the Middle Department in the Continental Army.
1778 - The Battle of Monmouth took place on June 27, 1778.
1779 -Benedict Arnold had been making deals with the British.
1781 - John André was hung at the age of 31.
1781 - By October, 1781, the colonists were ready to trap the Redcoats. They circled around the city of Yorktown, Virginia.
1781 - The British surrendered at Yorktown on October 17, 1781.
1783 - In 1783, after the Revolutionary War, John Adams helped write the peace treaty with England.
1783 - The Peace Treaty of Paris was signed on Sept. 3, 1783.
1789 - George Washington became the country's first president in 1789.
1860 - The Midnight Ride written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1860.
2003 - Each state was given a copy of the Bill of Rights. North Carolina's original copy was stolen during the civil war by members of the Union Army. It was recovered 138 years later in March, 2003.