JUNE 11, 1776: The Continental Congress apppointed The Committee of Five to draft a Resolution of Independence. The five members were Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, and John Adams. Roger Sherman was an ancestor of Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman
Washington's victory against the Hessians at Trenton, Christmas Day, 1776, a major turning point in the War for Independence. Inexplicably, the British commander, General Howe, allowed Washington's army to escape. When the British went into winter quarters, the Americans re-crossed the Delaware River from Pennsylvania, and scored a decisive victory that helped to resurrect the revolution and struggle for independence.
Here are short biographies of all 56 signers of the Declaration. The first, largest, and most famous signature is that of John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress. The youngest signer was Edward Rutledge (age 26). Benjamin Franklin (age 70) was the oldest. Two future presidents signed: John Adams (second President) and Thomas Jefferson (third President).
SPLIT ROCK – October 18th 1776 Today, 236 year ago - October 18th 1776 - during the American War of Independence, American forces delayed and inflicted serious casualties to the advancing British army at Split Rock, as it marched towards New York. This painting, from the Osprey book on the New York campaign, shows an American private in Colonel William Shepherd's regiment removing the canteen and hat of a badly wounded British officer - Captain Evelyn of the 4th Foot - as the British fall…
Vogelhert Cave -- 35,000 Year-Old Mammoth Figurine -- Length: 37 mm; Weight: 7.5 grams -- Carved from mammoth ivory, this figurine is one of the oldest know pieces of individual artwork in the archaeological record. Click through for the article in its entirety.