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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1782 AD

January

January 7: 1st U.S. commercial bank, Bank of North America, opens in Philadelphia

February

February 4: British garrison surrenders to French and Spanish fleet
February 5: Spanish take Minorca (western Mediterranean) from English
February 13: French fleet occupies St. Christopher
February 21: U.S. congress resolves establishment of a U.S. mint

March

March 8: Gnadenhutten Massacre - Ohio militia kills 90 indians

April

April 12: Battle at Les Saintes West-Indies: British fleet beats French
April 19: Netherlands recognizes U.S.

June

June 20: Congress approves Great Seal of U.S. and eagle as it's symbol

July

July 6: British-French sea battle at Negapatam (South-Indies)
July 16: Mozart's opera "Das Entfuhrung aus dem Serail," premieres in Vienna

August

August 2: George Washington creates Honorary Badge of Distinction
August 7: George Washington creates Order of Purple Heart
August 14: Suriname forbids selling slave mothers without their babies

September

September 16: Great Seal of U.S. used for 1st time

November

November 30: Britain signs agreement recognizing U.S. independence

December

December 14: Charleston, South Carolina evacuated by British
December 29: 1st nautical almanac in U.S. published by Samuel Stearns, Boston
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