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1778 in the United States

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1778 in the United States

Events from the year 1778 in the United States.



  • January 18 – The third Pacific expedition of Capt. James Cook, with ships HMS Resolution and HMS Discovery, first view O'ahu then Kaua'i in the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the Sandwich Islands.
  • February 5 – South Carolina becomes the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation.
  • February 6 – American Revolutionary War: In Paris the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce are signed by the United States and France, signaling official recognition of the new republic.
  • February 23 – American Revolutionary War: Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania and begins to train the American troops.
  • April–June

  • May 30 – Benedict Arnold signs US oath of allegiance at Valley Forge.
  • June 24 – A total solar eclipse takes place across parts of USA from Texas to Virginia.
  • June 28 – American Revolutionary War – Battle of Monmouth: George Washington's Continental Army battles the British general Sir Henry Clinton's army to a draw near Monmouth, New Jersey.
  • July–September

  • July 3 – American Revolutionary War: the Wyoming Massacre takes place near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, ending in a terrible defeat of the local colonists.
  • July 4 – American Revolutionary War: George Rogers Clark takes Kaskaskia.
  • July 27 – American Revolution – First Battle of Ushant: British and French fleets fight to a standoff.
  • August 29 – American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Rhode Island takes place when the Continental Army attempts to retake Aquidneck Island from the British.
  • September – The Massachusetts Banishment Act, providing punishment for Loyalists, is passed.
  • September 17 – The Treaty of Fort Pitt is signed, the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe (the Lenape or Delaware).
  • September 19 – The Continental Congress passes the first budget of the United States.
  • October–December

  • November 11 – American Revolutionary War: the Cherry Valley massacre
  • November 26 – In the Hawaiian Islands, Capt. James Cook becomes the first European to land on Maui.
  • Undated

  • The first settlement is made in the area of what is now Louisville, Kentucky by 13 families under Colonel George Rogers Clark.
  • Phillips Academy,a prestigious secondary boarding school in the United States, is founded by Samuel Phillips Jr.
  • The term "thoroughbred" is first used in the United States in an advertisement in a Kentucky gazette to describe a New Jersey stallion called Pilgarlick.
  • Ongoing

  • American Revolutionary War (1775–1783)
  • Births

  • January 6 – Thomas Lincoln, farmer and father of the President of the United States Abraham Lincoln (died 1851)
  • February 22 – Rembrandt Peale, artist and museum keeper (died 1860)
  • Deaths

  • June 12 – Philip Livingston, merchant and statesman from New York City (born 1716)
  • References

    1778 in the United States Wikipedia

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