On This Day

Historical Events in October 1780

  • 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