On this day in 1775, an unordered “shot heard around the world” begins the American War of Independence in Massachusetts when British troops retreat from Lexington back to Boston and are harassed and shot at all along the way by farmers and rebels then the news of the events at Lexington and Concord spreads like wildfire throughout the colonies making it to Saratoga on April 29; in 1783 Washington informs his troops that hostilities have ended however it takes to the last week in December for the troops to be sent home from Saratoga; in 1794, Battles of Saratoga veteran engineer Tadeusz Kosciuszko forces the Russians out of Warsaw; in 1847, the Battleground Division No. 247 Sons of Temperance organized; in 1970, an American Indian child’s remains are found on Winney Island, Grangerville; and in 1998, the Quaker Springs Fire Department celebrated 50 years.
On this day is a chronological timetable of events that occurred on this day in history around the Town of Saratoga. Discover what happened today in local history by following our twitter account @historysaratoga
(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck for compiling this timetable.)