What Happened in 1782

  • Battle of St. Kitts

    When Hood returned to the West Indies in late 1781 after the Battle of the Chesapeake, he was for a time in independent command owing to Rodney's... Read more

  • Battle Of Sadras

    The Battle of Sadras was the first of five largely indecisive naval battles fought between a British fleet under Admiral Sir Edward Hughes and... Read more

  • John C. Calhoun Is Born

    On March 18, 1782, John C. Calhoun was born near Abbeville, South Carolina. Calhoun served as a congressman, senator, secretary of war,... Read more

  • Lord North Resigns as British Prime Minister

    North holds the rather dubious distinction of being the first Prime Minister of Britain, or indeed anywhere else in the world, to be forced out of... Read more

  • Battle of the Saintes

    On 12 April, De Grasse bore up with his fleet to protect a dismasted ship that was being chased by four British ships as he made for Guadaloupe.... Read more

  • Battle Of Providien

    The Battle of Providien was the second in a series of naval battles fought between a British fleet under Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Hughes and a... Read more

  • Battle Of Negapatam

    The Battle of Negapatam was the third in the series of battles fought between a British fleet under Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Hughes and a French... Read more

  • British Evacuate Savannah, GA

    On this day in 1782, British Royal Governor Sir James Wright, along with several civil officials and military officers, flee the city of Savannah,... Read more

  • Mozart's "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" Premieres

    Die Entführung aus dem Serail (K. 384; The Abduction from the Seraglio; also known as Il Seraglio) is an opera Singspiel in three acts by Wolfgang... Read more

  • Battle Of Piqua

    The Battle of Piqua, also known as the Battle of Pekowee or Pekowi, was part of the western campaign during the American Revolutionary War. Led by... Read more

  • Battle of Blue Licks

    The Kentuckians reached the Licking River on the morning of August 19, near a spring and salt lick known as the Lower Blue Licks. On the other side... Read more

  • Battle of Trincomalee

    Following the battle off Negapatam, Hughes had spent two weeks at see before putting into Madras for repairs. There he was joined by Sceptre and... Read more

  • Battle Of The Combahee River

    The Battle of the Combahee River was a skirmish of the American Revolutionary War fought on April 26, 1782, near Charleston, South Carolina, one of... Read more

  • Sinking of HMS Royal George

    The first-rate ship HMS Royal George was laid down as the Royal Anne but renamed in honour of the reigning monarch George II before her launch in... Read more

  • Preliminary Articles of Peace Signed

    His Britannic Majesty acknowledges the said United States, Viz New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,... Read more

  • Martin Van Buren Is Born

    Martin Van Buren, eighth president of the United States and founder of the Democratic Party, was born on December 5, 1782 in Kinderhook, New York.... Read more