On This Day

September 1779 in History

Events in History

  • Sep 3 Earl d'Orvilliers (French/Spanish Armada) sails back to Brest
  • Sep 23 John Paul Jones' "Bon Homme Richard" defeats HMS Serepis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

1st US Chief Justice John Jay
1st US Chief Justice
John Jay

Birthdays in History

  • Sep 8 Mustafa IV, 29th Sultan of Ottoman Empire (1807-08), born in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (d. 1808)
  • Sep 18 Joseph Story, American lawyer and 19th Supreme Court justice (1812-45), born in Marblehead, Massachusetts (d. 1845)

Deaths in History

  • 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