1776, nicknamed "Sev", is a character from the Rankin/Bass television special Rudolph's Shiny New Year. He is the historical figure who has preserved the Island of 1776, where time stands still on the celebration of the Fourth of July. He is much like Benjamin Franklin in appearance and hobbies, as he first meets Happy, the Baby New Year, while flying a kite.

1776 takes Happy with him to see the island's daily Fourth of July parade, but this ends in disaster when everyone laughs at his huge ears and he leaves, his feelings hurt yet again. After this happens, 1776 decides to help Rudolph track him down in order to save the flow of time.