On this day: the US Marine Corps was formed

Sketch of Tun Tavern in the Revolutionary War, birthplace of the Continental Marines, from which is descended the USMC.

The Tun Tavern as it was during the American Revolution

On the 10th of November, 1775, a meeting was held at the Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Two battalions of Marines were needed for the American Revolution.

This meeting is generally recognised as the day the US Marine Corps was formed, though it is possible the location is not accurate.

The tavern played a part in a number of significant moments in US history. Others who met there include Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

The Tun Tavern burnt down in 1781. Today the U.S. Marine Corps National Museum has a Tun Tavern-themed restaurant.