On this day

On this day in 1843, the 3rd US Navy ship named Saratoga (a sloop of war) set sail from Portsmouth, NY and proceeded down the coast to New York Harbor to prepare for service on the west coast of Africa protecting American citizens and commerce and suppressing the slave trade; in 1863, the 77th New York Volunteer Regiment from Saratoga was in the Battle of Maryes Heights in Fredericksburg, VA where they lost Captain Luther Wheeler and 11 men killed or mortally wounded, 1 officer and 40 men wounded, and 30 men missing; in 1943, the movie “Happy Go Lucky” was shown at the theater; in 1994, the USS Saratoga anchored off the resort city of Palma de Mallorca for one week of the most eagerly-awaited port calls of the deployment; and in 2002, the 77th annual New York State FFA Convention was held at the Schuylerville Central School with hundreds of students and adult guests participating in the program including Governor George Pataki, who was presented with a framed painting by local Artist Dick Salls titled “Journey’s End” was a depiction of the Saratoga National cemetery and links to the historical events of the Revolutionary War that occurred in the Town. 
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 subscribing to our blog at http://ift.tt/2czXtwq 
(Thank you to Deputy Historian Patricia Peck and former Historian Thomas Wood for compiling information for this timetable.)
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