On This Day

What Happened in September 1779

Historical Events

  • Sep 3 Earl d'Orvilliers (French/Spanish Armada) sails back to Brest

'I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight'

Sep 23 John Paul Jones aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard defeats the British frigate HMS Serepis and becomes the United States first well-known naval hero

Historic Event

Sep 27 John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Great Britain

Election of Interest

Sep 28 American Revolution: Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay


Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 8 Johann Philipp Samuel Schmidt, German composer, born in K√∂nigsberg, East Prussia (d. 1853)
  • Sep 8 Mustafa IV, 29th Sultan of Ottoman Empire (1807-08), born in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (d. 1808)
  • Sep 10 Louis Alexandre Piccinni, Italian-French composer, born in Paris (d. 1850)
  • Sep 18 Joseph Story, American lawyer and 19th Supreme Court justice (1812-45), born in Marblehead, Massachusetts (d. 1845)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 2 Onno Zwier van Hairs, Fries poet (Agon), dies at 66
  • Sep 12 Richard Grenville-Temple, 2nd Earl Temple, English politician, dies at 67