On This Day

What Happened on June 16, 1779

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)
1779 Highlights

About June 16, 1779

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 241 years, 5 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Gemini