On This Day

Events in History in 1780

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4 Snowstorm hits George Washington's army at Morristown, New Jersey

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • Jan 15 American Continental Congress establishes court of appeals
  • Jan 16 Battle of Cape St Vincent: British fleet under Admiral Sir George Rodney defeats Spanish squadron under Don Juan de Lángara
  • Mar 1 Pennsylvania becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for newborns only)
  • Mar 26 1st British Sunday newspaper appears (British Gazette & Sunday Monitor)
  • Apr 16 The University of Münster in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is founded

DiscoveryHistoric Discovery

May 2 William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris

Astronomer William Herschel
William Herschel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 4 American Academy of Arts & Science founded in Boston, James Bowdoin, John and Samuel Adams founding members

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • May 4 Charles Bunbury on Diomed wins 1st Epsom Derby

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

May 12 American General Benjamin Lincoln surrenders Charleston to the British (Revolutionary War)

Military Leader Benjamin Lincoln
Military Leader
Benjamin Lincoln
  • May 19 About midday, near-total darkness descends on New England, now known to be caused by forest fires in Canada
  • May 29 Battle of Waxhaw Creek: alleged massacre of 113 of Colonel Abraham Buford's continentals by Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton's troops after the continentals raised a white flag
  • Jun 2 Anti-Catholic demonstration attacks parliament in London
  • Jun 7 Anti-Catholic riot in London, hundreds die
  • Jun 23 American Revolution: Battle of Springfield fought in and around Springfield, New Jersey (including Short Hills, formerly of Springfield, now of Millburn Township
  • Jul 9 Denmark declares neutrality, joining First League of Armed Neutrality to protect shipping

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 10 The Comte de Rochambeau and his French force of 7,000 land at Newport, Rhode Island, to join the American Revolutionary War

Military Leader Comte de Rochambeau
Military Leader
Comte de Rochambeau
  • Aug 1 Sweden declares neutrality
  • Aug 16 British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, South Carolina
  • Aug 22 HMS Resolution, without Captain James Cook, returns to England

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Sep 21 Benedict Arnold gives British Major John André plans to West Point

US General and Turncoat Benedict Arnold
US General and Turncoat
Benedict Arnold
  • Sep 23 British Major John Andre reveals Benedict Arnold's plot to betray West Point
  • Sep 25 Benedict Arnold joins the British
  • 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

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
  • Nov 5 French-American force under Colonel LaBalme is defeated by Miami Chief Little Turtle
  • Dec 20 Britain declares war on Holland