1779 in History – What happened in year 1779

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

In history, year 1779 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 1779.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1779 ⚡:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
14 februaryEnglish explorer James Cook was killed near Kealakekua when he tried to kidnap Kalani??pu?u, the ruling chief of the Island of Hawaii.
13 mayRussian and French mediators negotiated the Treaty of Teschento end the War of the Bavarian Succession.
24 juneAmerican Revolutionary War: The Great Siege of Gibraltar begun. The Great Siege of Gibraltar was an unsuccessful attempt by Spain and France to capture Gibraltar from the British during the American War of Independence. This was the largest action fought during the war in terms of numbers, particularly the Grand Assault.
20 julyTekle Giyorgis I began the first of his six reigns as Emperor of Ethiopia.
13 augustAmerican Revolutionary War-Off the coast of Maine, the United States suffered its worst naval defeat until the attack on Pearl Harborduring World War II.
23 septemberAmerican Revolutionary War-John Paul Jones led the ContinentalNavy to victory in the Battle of Flamborough Head, one of the mostcelebrated naval actions of the war.
04 octoberAmerican Revolution James Wilson and his colleagues wereforced to defend themselves after a mob, angered by his successful legaldefense of 23 people from exile, converged on his house, resulting insix deaths.
29 decemberAmerican Revolutionary War-British soldiers under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Campbell captured Savannah, Georgia.
11 JanuaryChing Thang Khomba became the king of Manipur.
11 JanuaryChing-thang Khomba was crowned King of Manipur.
24 FebruaryGeorge Rogers Clarke captures Vincennes from the British.
11 MarchFor the first time the US Army established the Corps of Engineers.
13 MayThe end of the Bavarian succession war was announced.
20 JuneThe Battle of Stono Ferry (American Revolutionary War) fought near Charleston, South Carolina.
16 JulyThe United States Army, led by General Anthony Wayne, captured Stony Point, New York from British troops.
27 SeptemberJohn Adams negotiated Revolutionary War peace terms with Great Britain.
04 October\ The Fort Wilson \ riots took place in Philadelphia against James Wilson and others.
13 DecemberAlexander, Vicomte de Beauharnais, married Josephine Taser.


Famous birthdays in the year 1779:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
01 AugustLorenz Oken / Biologist / Switzerland
01 January William Clowes / Publisher / United Kingdom
01 AugustFrancis Scott Key / Author / United States of America
02 March Joel Roberts Poinsett / Politician / United States of America
05 January Stephen Decatur / Army Officer / United States of America
05 March Benjamin Gompertz / Mathematician / United Kingdom
06 March Antoine-Henri Jomini / General / Switzerland
07 AugustLouis de Freycinet / Navigator / France
08 SeptemberMustafa IV / Sultan / Turkey
09 DecemberTabitha Babbitt / Inventor / United States of America
12 DecemberMadeleine Sophie Barat / Saint / France
14 NovemberAdam Oehlenschläger / Poet / Denmark
15 March William Lamb / Politician / Australia
15 JulyClement Clarke Moore / Poet / United States of America
18 January Peter Mark Roget / Physician / United Kingdom
18 SeptemberJoseph Story / Lawyer / United States of America
20 AugustJöns Jacob Berzelius / Chemist / Sweden
27 February Thomas Hazlehurst / Business Man / United Kingdom
27 NovemberAimé / Politician / France
28 MayThomas Moore / Poet / Ireland
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