On This Day

What Happened in October 1779

Historical Events

  • Oct 4 Fort Wilson Riot takes place

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 8 English engraver and poet William Blake begins study at the Royal Academy, Old Somerset House, London

Poet and Artist William Blake
Poet and Artist
William Blake

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 9 Siege of Savannah during American Revolutionary War: Casimir Pulaski is wounded by grapeshot (dies 11 or 15 March)

Military Leader Casimir Pulaski
Military Leader
Casimir Pulaski

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 10 Antoine Philippe Vischer, comte de Celles, Belgian-French politician, born in Brussels (d. 1841)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestCasimir Pulaski

Oct 11 Casimir Pulaski, Polish Military Leader (called the father of American cavalry), dies of battle wounds at 34 (alternative date 15 March)

Military Leader Casimir Pulaski
Military Leader
Casimir Pulaski
  • Oct 28 Raphael Weiss, German composer and priest, dies at 66