What Happened in June 1779

Historical Events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 8 Admiral Horatio Nelson and Captain Thomas Hardy on HMS Foudroyant set sail against Spanish fleet

British Admiral Horatio Nelson
British Admiral
Horatio Nelson
  • Jun 15 General Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, Bronx
  • Jun 16 Spain declares war on Great Britain in support of the US, and the siege of Gibraltar begins.
  • Jun 18 French fleet occupies St Vincent
  • Jun 20 Battle of Stono Ferry fought near Charleston, South Carolina (American Revolutionary War)

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 7 William Warburton, English critic and Bishop of Gloucester (b. 1698)
  • Jun 16 Sir Francis Bernard, Governor of New Jersey and Massachusetts (b. 1712)
  • Jun 23 Ras Mikael Sehul, warlord of Ethiopia (b. about 1691)
  • Jun 29 Anton Raphael Mengs, German Bohemian painter and one of the precursors to Neoclassical painting, dies at 51