Shaker Anna Lee becomes the first conscientious objector to the war.
Virginia Governor Lord Dunmore promises freedom to any slave assisting in the restoration of Royal authority in Virginia.
Paul Revere and William Dawes ride from Boston to Lexington to warn colonists of approaching British troops (April 18).Battle of Lexington (April 19).Second Continental Congress (May).
Patrick Henry delivers his famous "Give me liberty..." speech in Richmond, Virginia (May 23).
George Washington named chief of continental forces (June 15).Battle of Bunker Hill (June 17).Olive Branch Petition (July 5).