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 Caribbean, hitting Barbados first. Atlantic's deadliest recorded hurricane.
  • Oct 16 Royalton, Vermont and Tunbridge, Vermont last major raid of the American Revolutionary War.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 25 John Hancock becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts

Statesman John Hancock
John Hancock
  • 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 M Pauline Bonaparte, Corsican duchess of Parma/Guastalla

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 John Andre, British major, hanged by Americans (spied with B Arnold)
  • Oct 7 Patrick Ferguson, English major in SC, dies in battle at 36
  • Oct 17 William Cookworthy, English chemist (b. 1705)