What Happened in September 1779

Historical Events

  • Sep 3 Earl d'Orvilliers (French/Spanish Armada) sails back to Brest
  • Sep 23 John Paul Jones' "Bon Homme Richard" defeats HMS Serepis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 27 John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Britain

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Sep 28 American Revolution: Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay.

Ist US Chief Justice John Jay
Ist US Chief Justice
John Jay

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 8 Johann Philipp Samuel Schmidt, composer
  • Sep 8 Mustafa IV, sultan of Turkey (1807-08)
  • Sep 10 Louis Alexandre Piccinni, composer
  • Sep 18 Joseph Story, Mass, 19th Supreme Court justice (1812-45)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 2 Onno Zwier van Hairs, Fries poet (Agon), dies at 66
  • Sep 12 Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple, English politician (b. 1711)