1778 in History – What happened in year 1778

✅ Published on April 1st, 2009 in 18th Century in History

In history, year 1778 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1778.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1778 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
18 januaryEnglish explorer James Cook became the first known European to reach the Sandwich Islands, now known as the Hawaiian Islands.
06 februaryFrance and the United States signed the Treaty of Alliance and the Treaty of Amity and Commerce, establishing military and commercial ties respectively between the two nations.
03 julyAmerican Revolutionary War-Loyalists and Iroquois killed over 300 Patriots at the Battle of Wyoming in Pennsylvania.
07 septemberAmerican Revolutionary War-France invaded the island ofDominica and captured the British fort there before the latter even knewthat France had entered the war as an ally of the United States.
11 novemberAmerican Revolutionary War-British forces and their Senecaallies attacked a fort and the village of Cherry Valley, New York,killing 14 soldiers and 30 civilians.
03 JulyPersia declared war against Argentina.
17 SeptemberThe first Fort Pitt treaty was signed between the US and Indian tribes.
11 AugustGerman teacher Friedrich Ludwig, who laid the foundation of gymnastics in the world, was born.
18 JanuaryJames Cook became the first European to discover the \ Hawaiian Archipelago \. He named it \ 'sandwich Island \.
06 FebruaryFrance recognized America as a nation.
18 JanuaryCaptain James Cook arrived on the Sandwich Islands.
06 FebruaryFrance declared war on France.
30 MarchPlaywright Voltaire crowned with laurel wreath.
01 AprilNew Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock embodies the "$ ".
01 MayAmerican Revolution: The Battle of the Crooked Billet began in Hetborough, Pennsylvania.
24 JuneDavid Rittenhouse took a total solar eclipse in Philadelphia.
03 JulyPrussia declared war against Austria.
31 AugustDuring the British Revolution, 17 Sharebridge Indians were killed in the British Bronx.
17 SeptemberFort Pitt) was the first treaty signed between the US and Indian tribes.
11 NovemberIroquois Indians killed 40 people in the Cherry Valley Massacre in New York.
29 DecemberBritish troops captured Savannah, Georgia.


Famous birthdays in the year 1778:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
03 AprilPierre Bretonneau / Doctor / France
04 March Robert Emmet / Army Officer / Ireland
05 January Zebulon Pike / General / United States of America
06 DecemberJoseph Louis Gay-Lussac / Chemist / France
07 JuneBeau Brummell / Cricketer / United Kingdom
09 January Hammamizade İsmail Dede Efendi / Composer / Turkey
09 SeptemberClemens Brentano / Poet / Germany
11 AugustFriedrich Ludwig Jahn / Educator / Russia
14 NovemberJohann Nepomuk Hummel / Pianist / Austria
16 DecemberJohn Ordronaux / Soldier / United States of America
17 DecemberHumphry Davy / Chemist / United Kingdom
18 MayCharles Vane / Soldier / Ireland
19 March Edward Pakenham / Politician / Ireland
19 SeptemberHenry Brougham / Politician / Scotland
20 SeptemberFabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen / Admiral / Russia
20 JuneJean Baptiste Gay / Politician / France
22 AugustJames Kirke Paulding / Poet / United States of America
23 SeptemberMariano Moreno / Journalist / Argentina
25 February José de San Martín / Politician / Peru
25 NovemberMary Anne Schimmelpenninck / Author / United Kingdom
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