On this day in 1775, the New York Committee of 100 recommends that every man procure weapons and train himself in military discipline and Quebec Act comes into force, enlarging the boundaries of the province, creating a Governor and Council, and allowing the continued exercise of the French language, French civil law and Roman Catholic religion which angered American and was a leading cause of the American Revolution; in 1776, in London, King George issues a proclamation extending the bounties for encouraging enlistments in the Royal Navy (note that in 1777, a detachment of the Royal Navy surrendered at Saratoga) and John Thomas relieves Benedict Arnold and David Wooster in command of the American invading force at Quebec; in 1863, the Battle of Chancellorsville begins in which the 77th New York Volunteers (Bemis Heights Regiment) joined in the gallant and successful assault on Mary’s heights and lost 83 in killed, wounded and missing; in 1875, the 3rd US Navy ship named Saratoga (a sloop of war ) was reactivated for a year as a gunnery ship at Annapolis, MD; in 1943 “Random Harvest” and “Junior G-Men of the Air” was shown at the Theater; in 1945, Sgt. Joe Sulli a German POW was freed by Russians; in 1973, there was a needlework show at library, and in 1994, there was a reception to honor Rev. William Lemoyne on his retirement.
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 information for this timetable.)