What Happened in 1780

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Significant Events

  • Mar 1 Pennsylvania becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for new-borns only)
  • Oct 10 Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in Caribbean, hitting Barbados first. Atlantic's deadliest recorded hurricane.
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

About midday, near-total darkness descends on New England, now known to be caused by forest fires in Canada

On May 19, 1780


World Leaders in 1780

Famous People in 1780

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 14 US founding father Alexander Hamilton (25) weds Elizabeth Schuyler (23) at Schuyler Mansion in Albany, New York