Historical Events in 1779

  • Jan 11 Ching-Thang Khomba is crowned King of Manipur.

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Jan 17 Captain James Cook's last notation in Discovery's ship's log

Captain/Explorer James Cook
Captain/Explorer
James Cook

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Jan 18 John Dickinson is appointed to be a delegate for Delaware to the Continental Congress

Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson
Founding Father of the United States
John Dickinson
  • Jan 23 Charles Messier catalogs M56 (globular cluster in Lyra)
  • Jan 31 Charles Messier adds M57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra) to his catalog
  • Feb 24 George Rogers Clark captures Vincennes (Ind) from British
  • Mar 11 US Army Corps of Engineers established (1st time)
  • May 13 War of Bavarian Succession ends

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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)
  • Jul 4 French fleet occupies Grenada
  • Jul 15 American troops under Gen A Wayne conquer Ft Stony Point, NY
  • Sep 3 Earl d'Orvilliers (French/Spanish Armada) sails back to Brest
  • Sep 23 John Paul Jones' "Bon Homme Richard" defeats HMS Serepis

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Sep 27 John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Great 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
  • Oct 4 The Fort Wilson Riot takes place.

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Dec 23 Benedict Arnold court-martialed for improper conduct

US Defector General Benedict Arnold
US Defector General
Benedict Arnold
  • Dec 31 British fleet beat Dutch Merchant vessels