On This Day

What Happened on June 16, 1779

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • Spain declares war on Great Britain in support of the US, starting the siege of Gibraltar

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

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

Military Leader Anthony Wayne
Military Leader
Anthony Wayne

Famous Deaths

  • Sir Francis Bernard, Governor of New Jersey and Massachusetts (b. 1712)