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5 August 1692
Six Found Guilty of Witchcraft at Salem Witch Trials, Sentenced to Hang

Six Found Guilty of Witchcraft at Salem Witch Trials, Sentenced to Hang

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19 August 1692
Five Convicted 'Witches' from Salem Witch Trials are Hanged

Five Convicted 'Witches' from Salem Witch Trials are Hanged

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20 August 1692
Margaret Jacobs Recants Testimony Given at Salem Witch Trials

Margaret Jacobs Recants Testimony Given at Salem Witch Trials

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19 September 1692
81-Year-Old Giles Corey Pressed to Death at Salem Witch Trials - 'More Weight'!

81-Year-Old Giles Corey Pressed to Death at Salem Witch Trials - 'More Weight'!

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22 September 1692
Pious Christian Martha Corey Executed for Witchcraft at Salem Witch Trials

Pious Christian Martha Corey Executed for Witchcraft at Salem Witch Trials

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3 October 1692
Increase Mather Publishes Book That Ends Salem Witch Trials

Increase Mather Publishes Book That Ends Salem Witch Trials

1 April 1693
Death of Cotton Mather's Four-Day-Old Son, Witchcraft is Blamed

Death of Cotton Mather's Four-Day-Old Son, Witchcraft is Blamed

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15 January 1697
Massachusetts Citizens Repent for Salem Witch Trials

Massachusetts Citizens Repent for Salem Witch Trials

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15 January 1697
Day of Fasting Held in Massachusetts to Atone for Persecution of Alleged Witches

Day of Fasting Held in Massachusetts to Atone for Persecution of Alleged Witches

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7 May 1700
Quaker Leader William Penn Holds Abolitionist Meetings

Quaker Leader William Penn Holds Abolitionist Meetings

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5 October 1703
Birth of Jonathan Edwards, American Theologian and Philosopher

Birth of Jonathan Edwards, American Theologian and Philosopher

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17 January 1706
Birth of Benjamin Franklin

Birth of Benjamin Franklin

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12 December 1712

South Carolina Passes Law Requiring Everyone Attend Church on Sunday

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23 August 1723
Death of Puritan Minister Increase Mather

Death of Puritan Minister Increase Mather

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6 August 1727
First Catholic Charitable Institution in America Started in New Orleans

First Catholic Charitable Institution in America Started in New Orleans

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13 February 1728
Death of Cotton Mather, Puritan Leader

Death of Cotton Mather, Puritan Leader

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8 April 1730
Shearith Israel: First Synagogue in America Dedicated

Shearith Israel: First Synagogue in America Dedicated

26 February 1732

St Joseph's Catholic Church of Philadelphia Celebrates Mass for First Time

9 June 1732
American Colony of Georgia Created by James Oglethorpe

American Colony of Georgia Created by James Oglethorpe

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17 November 1734
John Peter Zenger Arrested for Criticizing Governor of New York

John Peter Zenger Arrested for Criticizing Governor of New York

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6 April 1735
First European Moravians Arrive in Savannah, Georgia

First European Moravians Arrive in Savannah, Georgia

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4 August 1735
Freedom of Press Established in Defamation Trial of John Peter Zenger

Freedom of Press Established in Defamation Trial of John Peter Zenger

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14 October 1735
Methodist Founder John Wesley and Brother Charles go to America

Methodist Founder John Wesley and Brother Charles go to America

29 February 1736
Birth of Anna Lee, Founder of American Shaker Movement

Birth of Anna Lee, Founder of American Shaker Movement

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21 January 1738
Birth of Ethan Allen

Birth of Ethan Allen

8 July 1741
Jonathan Edwards Preaches Classic Sermon of Fire & Brimstone

Jonathan Edwards Preaches Classic Sermon of Fire & Brimstone

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13 April 1743
Birth of Thomas Jefferson

Birth of Thomas Jefferson

4 June 1743
First European-Language Bible in America Printed

First European-Language Bible in America Printed

22 June 1750
Jonathan Edwards Dismissed as Minister of Congregational Church in Northampton

Jonathan Edwards Dismissed as Minister of Congregational Church in Northampton

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2 September 1752

Last Day U.S. & England Use Julian Calendar

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17 March 1753
First Official St. Patrick's Day

First Official St. Patrick's Day

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22 March 1758
Death of Jonathan Edwards, American Theologian and Philosopher

Death of Jonathan Edwards, American Theologian and Philosopher

14 February 1760
Birth of Richard Allen, Founder of African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

Birth of Richard Allen, Founder of African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

17 March 1762
New York City Holds First St. Patrick's Day Parade

New York City Holds First St. Patrick's Day Parade

29 March 1772
Death of Emanuel Swedenborg

Death of Emanuel Swedenborg

6 August 1774
Ann Lee and Followers Arrive in America, Will be Known as Shakers

Ann Lee and Followers Arrive in America, Will be Known as Shakers

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28 August 1774
Birth of Elizabeth Ann Seton, First American Born Person Canonized in Catholic Church

Birth of Elizabeth Ann Seton, First American Born Person Canonized in Catholic Church

30 November 1774
Political Essayist Thomas Paine Arrives in Philadelphia

Political Essayist Thomas Paine Arrives in Philadelphia

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14 April 1775
Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush Create America's First Abolitionist Society

Benjamin Franklin and Benjamin Rush Create America's First Abolitionist Society

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29 July 1775

Chaplains Employed by American Army

26 November 1775

American Navy Starts Employing Chaplains

10 January 1776
Thomas Paine Publishes Common Sense

Thomas Paine Publishes Common Sense

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2 August 1776
Official Signing of U.S. Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Official Signing of U.S. Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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19 December 1776
Thomas Paine Publishes Pamphlet 'The American Crisis'

Thomas Paine Publishes Pamphlet 'The American Crisis'

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14 June 1777

First Flag of the United States Created by an Act of Congress

3 September 1783
Treaty of Paris Signed by America & British, Ending American Revolutionary War

Treaty of Paris Signed by America & British, Ending American Revolutionary War

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2 September 1784
Thomas Coke Consecrated First Bishop in Methodist Episcopal Church

Thomas Coke Consecrated First Bishop in Methodist Episcopal Church

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8 September 1784
Death of Ann Lee From Violence She & Shaker Followers Have Endured

Death of Ann Lee From Violence She & Shaker Followers Have Endured

26 November 1784
Catholic Apostolic Prefecture of U.S. is Established

Catholic Apostolic Prefecture of U.S. is Established

6 July 1785
Continental Congress Adopts Dollar as Monetary Unit for U.S.A.

Continental Congress Adopts Dollar as Monetary Unit for U.S.A.

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