Historical Events in 1780

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  • Jan 3rd Danish national anthem "Kong Kristian...," 1st sung
  • Jan 4th Snowstorm hit Washington's army at Morristown, NJ
  • Jan 15th American Continental Congress establishes court of appeals
  • Jan 16th Battle at Cape St Vincent: admiral Rodney beats Spanish fleet

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Feb 29th The Omicron Delta Omega fraternity was founded by Benjamin Franklin at James Madison University.

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
4th US President James Madison
4th US President
James Madison
  • Mar 1st Pennsylvania becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for new-borns only)
  • Mar 26th 1st British Sunday newspaper appears (British Gazette & Sunday Monitor)
  • Apr 16th The University of M√ľnster in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is founded.

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May 2nd William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris

Astronomer William Herschel
Astronomer
William Herschel

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May 4th American Academy of Arts & Science founded in Boston, James Bowdoin, John and Samuel Adams founding members

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • May 4th Charles Bunbury on Diomed wins 1st Epsom Derby
  • May 12th British troops occupy Charleston, South Carolina (Revolutionary War)
  • May 19th About midday, near-total darkness descends on much of New England, only now known to be caused by forest fires in Canada
  • May 29th Battle of Waxhaw Creek: alleged massacre of 113 of Colonel Abraham Buford's continentals by Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton's troops after the continentals raised a white flag
  • Jun 2nd Anti-Catholic demonstration attacks parliament in London
  • Jun 7th Anti-Catholic riot in London, hundreds die
  • Jun 23rd American Revolution: Battle of Springfield fought in and around Springfield, New Jersey (including Short Hills, formerly of Springfield, now of Millburn Township.
  • Jul 9th Denmark declares neutrality
  • Aug 1st Sweden declares neutrality
  • Aug 16th British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, SC
  • Aug 22nd Resolution, without Captain Cook, returns to England

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Sep 21st Benedict Arnold gives British Major Andre plans to West Point

US Defector General Benedict Arnold
US Defector General
Benedict Arnold
  • Sep 23rd British Major John Andre reveals Benedict Arnold's plot to betray West Point
  • Sep 25th Benedict Arnold joins the British
  • Oct 7th British defeated by American militia near Kings Mountain, SC
  • Oct 10th Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in Caribbean, hitting Barbados first. Atlantic's deadliest recorded hurricane.
  • Oct 16th Royalton, Vermont and Tunbridge, Vermont last major raid of the American Revolutionary War.

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Oct 25th John Hancock becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts

Statesman John Hancock
Statesman
John Hancock
  • Oct 27th Samuel Williams and the first U.S. astronomical expedition to record an eclipse of the sun observes the event at Penobscot Bay
  • Nov 5th French-American force under Colonel LaBalme is defeated by Miami Chief Little Turtle.
  • Dec 20th Britain declares war on Holland