On this day

On this day in 1764, Boston lawyer James Otis denounces “taxation without representation,” calling for the colonies to unite in opposition to Britain’s new tax measures; in 1775, John Hancock is elected president of the Second Continental Congress, replacing Peyton Randolph; in 1797, future President Thomas Jefferson writes to his friend Angelica Schuyler Church (daughter of General Schuyler), inquiring casually about their mutual friend, Maria Cosway, a woman who had once captured his heart and inspired a romantically-themed essay; in 1862. the 77th New York Volunteers were in action at Mechanicsville, VA and it was described “the Seventy-seventh New York and Thirty-third New York advanced again, and, in marching up, received a heavy volley of musketry and solid shot from their 12-pounders with a “charge bayonets,” and one of the most terrific roars, that seemed like the bursting of a huge cataract from its barriers, on they rushed; first the cavalry fled, and before the infantry got close enough to see the whites of their eyes, their infantry broke and ran in all directions through the woods;” in 1879, the weavers were on strike at Victory Company and on this night in 1960, the USS Saratoga collided with the German freighter Bernd Leonhardt off North Carolina. 
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 for compiling information for this timetable.)
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