American Revolutionary War History
1773 - Off South Carolina, British Commodore Sir Peter Parker, aboard the HMS Bristol opened fire on the Patriot fortification at Sullivan's Island. The Patriots only suffered minor casualties while the cost to the British was 261 injured or dead.
1775 - Marinus Willett was commissioned as a lieutenant colonel.
1776 - A draft of the formal declaration of independence (the Lee Resolution) was presented to the Continental Congress.
1836 - James Madison died on his tobacco plantation in Virginia. He was a drafter of the Constitution, recorder of the Constitutional Convention, author of the "Federalist Papers" and fourth president of the United States.