The Cornish language died out.
2nd edition of Encyclopædia Britannica published
January 3 - American general George Washington
defeats British general Charles Cornwallis
at the Battle of Princeton.
January 12 - Mission Santa Clara de Asís is founded in what is now Santa Clara, California.
January 16 - Vermont declares its independence from New York becoming an independent
country, a status it retained until it joined the United States as the 14th state in 1791.
June 14, Stars and Stripes adopted by Congress as United States flag.
August 16 - American Revolutionary War: Battle of Bennington - British forces are defeated
by American troops.
September 3 - American Revolutionary War: The Flag of the United States flies in battle for
the first time, at Cooch's Bridge in Maryland.
October 17 - American Revolutionary War: Battle of Saratoga- American troops defeat the
November 15 - American Revolutionary War: After 16 months of debate, the Continental
Congress approves the Articles of Confederation in the temporary American capital at
November 29 - San Jose, California founded. It is the first pueblo in Spanish Alta California.
December 24 - Kiritimati discovered by James Cook
The code duello is adopted at the Clonmell Summer Assizes as the form for pistol duels in
Ireland. It is quickly denounced and widely adopted throughout the English-speaking world.Births
January 2 - Christian Daniel Rauch
January 10 - Jacob Vreeswijk
February 12 - Friedrich de la Motte Fouque
March 17 - Roger Taney
, Chief Justice of the United States.
April 12 - Henry Clay
, American statesman.
April 27 - Aren Aartz van den Houten
April 30 - Carl Friedrich Gauss
, mathematician, astronomer and physicist.
June 22 - Jannetje van Oost
August 14 - Hans Christian Ørsted
, physicist and chemist.
October 16 - Lorenzo Dow
, founder of the camp meeting movement.
December 4 - Madame Récamier
December 23 - Emperor Alexander I
September 15 - Maria Catharina van den Houten
September 15 - Hendrina van den Houten
November 3 - Abraham Oosterling
January 14 - Johannes Aartse (Jan Aartsz) van den Houten
Februari 17 - Anthoni Johan van den Houte
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