February 27 – American Revolution:
Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge:
North Carolina Loyalists charge across Moore's Creek bridge near
Wilmington to attack what they mistakenly believe to be a small force of rebels. Several loyalist leaders are killed in the ensuing battle. The patriot victory virtually ends all British authority in the town.
July 29 – Francisco Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, Francisco Atanasio Domínguez, and eight other Spaniards set out from Santa Fe on an eighteen-hundred mile trek through the American Southwest. They are the first Europeans to explore the vast region between the Rockies and the Sierras.
October 28 – American Revolution:
Battle of White Plains:
British forces arrive at White Plains, attack and capture Chatterton Hill from the Americans.
October 31 – In his first speech before British Parliament since the Declaration of Independence that summer,
King George III acknowledges that all is not going well for Britain in the war with the
December 21 – American Revolution: The Royal Colony of North Carolina reorganizes into the
State of North Carolina after adopting its own constitution.
Richard Caswell becomes the first governor of the newly formed state.
December 26 – American Revolution:
Battle of Trenton: Washington's troops surprise the 1500 Hessian troops under the command of Col.
Johann Rall at 8 a.m. outside Trenton and score a victory, taking 948 prisoners while suffering only 5 wounded.