On This Day

What Happened in June 1779

Historical Events

Historic Event

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

Victory in Battle

Jun 16 US General Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, New York, inflicting heavy losses on the British

  • Jun 16 Spain declares war on Great Britain in support of France and the USA, starting the Great Siege of Gibraltar which goes on to last 3 years, 7 months and 2 weeks
  • Jun 18 French fleet occupies St Vincent, West Indies
  • 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