On This Day

What Happened in October 1780

Historical Events

  • Oct 7 British defeated by American militia near Kings Mountain, SC
  • Oct 10 Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in the Caribbean, hitting Barbados first. Atlantic's deadliest recorded hurricane.
  • Oct 16 Royalton, Vermont and Tunbridge, Vermont last major raid of the American Revolutionary War

Historic Event

Oct 25 John Hancock becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts

  • Oct 27 Samuel Williams and the first U.S. astronomical expedition to record an eclipse of the sun observes the event at Penobscot Bay

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 10 John Abercrombie, Scottish physician, born in Aberdeen (d. 1844)
  • Oct 20 Pauline Bonaparte, Corsican duchess of Parma and Guastalla, sister of Napoleon Bonaparte, born in Ajaccio, Corsica (1825)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 John Andre, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War, hanged by Americans (spied with B Arnold) at 30
  • Oct 7 Patrick Ferguson, Scottish army officer and rifle inventor (Ferguson flintlock rifle), dies in battle at 36
  • Oct 17 William Cookworthy, English chemist, dies at 75