On This Day

What Happened in October 1779

Historical Events

  • Oct 4 Fort Wilson Riot takes place

Historic Event

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

Historic Siege

Oct 9 Siege of Savannah (Georgia) during American Revolutionary War: Continental Army General Casimir Pulaski is wounded by grapeshot (a type of cluster munition), dies two days later

Famous Birthdays

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

Famous Deaths

Casimir Pulaski

Oct 11 Casimir Pulaski, Polish Military Leader, known as "the father of American cavalry', dies of battle wounds at 34

  • Oct 28 Raphael Weiss, German composer and priest, dies at 66