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 - Kali Yuga 4880 – 4881
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 - Imperial Year Kōki 2439
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Korean calendar 4112
Thai solar calendar 2322
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Year 1779 (MDCCLXXIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar and a common year starting on Tuesday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar.



Benedict Arnold


  • July 16American Revolutionary War: United States forces led by General Anthony Wayne capture Stony Point, New York from British troops.
  • July 20Tekle Giyorgis I begins the first of his five reigns as Emperor of Ethiopia.
  • July 22Battle of Minisink: The Goshen Militia is destroyed by Joseph Brant's forces.
  • July 24American Revolutionary War: American forces led by Commodore Dudley Saltonstall launch the Penobscot Expedition in what is now Castine, Maine, resulting in the worst naval defeat in U.S. history until Pearl Harbor.
  • July – The Great Siege of Gibraltar (fourteenth and last military siege) starts. This is an action by French and Spanish forces to wrest control of Gibraltar from the established British garrison. The garrison, led by George Augustus Eliott, later 1st Baron Heathfield of Gibraltar, survives all attacks and a blockade of supplies.

The Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar, September 1782, by John Singleton Copley

  • September – Battle of Baton Rouge: Spanish troops under Bernardo de Galvez capture the city from the British.
  • September 23American RevolutionBattle of Flamborough Head: The American ship Bonhomme Richard, commanded by John Paul Jones, engages the British ship Serapis. The Bonhomme Richard sinks, but the Americans board the Serapis and other vessels, and are victorious.
  • October 4 – The Fort Wilson Riot takes place.
  • November 2 – The North Carolina General Assembly carves a new county from Dobbs County, North Carolina and names it Wayne County in honor of United States General Anthony Wayne.
  • December 13Alexandre, Vicomte de Beauharnais marries Joséphine Tascher.
  • December 25 – Fort Nashborough, later to become Nashville, Tennessee, is founded by James Robertson.

Date unknown[]

  • Industrial Revolution in England:
    • The Iron Bridge is erected across the River Severn in Shropshire, the world's first bridge built entirely of cast iron.[1] It will open to traffic on January 1, 1781.[2]
    • The spinning mule is perfected by the Lancashire inventor Samuel Crompton.[2]
    • Boulton and Watt's Smethwick Engine, now the oldest working engine in the world, is brought into service (May).
  • The city of Tampere, Finland, is founded.
  • Joint Spanish-Portuguese survey of Amazonia begins to determine the boundary between the colonial possessions in South America. Continues until 1795.


  • January 5Stephen Decatur, American naval officer (d. 1820)
  • January 18Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer (d. 1869)
  • March 6Antoine-Henri Jomini, French General (d. 1869)
  • March 15William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1848)
  • May 28Thomas Moore, Irish poet (d. 1852)

August 1: Francis Scott Key

  • August 1Francis Scott Key, American lawyer and lyricist (d. 1843)
  • August 20Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist (d. 1848)
  • August 29Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, French painter (d. 1867)
  • September 8Mustafa IV, sultan of the Ottoman Empire (d. 1808)
  • November 14Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger, Danish poet (d. 1850)
  • date unknownGiacomo Beltrami, Italian explorer (d. 1855)


Portrait of Captain James Cook, by Nathaniel Dance


  1. ^ "Icons, a portrait of England 1750-1800". Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  2. ^ a b Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 333–334. ISBN 0-304-35730-8. 

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People of the year 1779 at Familypedia

138 people were born in 1779

 FatherMotherAge mother at birth
Adrianus Aalders (c1779-1861)Hendrik AaldersMaria van den Spek
Jemima Adams (1779-1861)Eleazer Adams (1741-1823)Elizabeth Corey (1746-1817)
John Adams (1779-1851)Samuel Adams (1752-1838)Elizabeth Newhall (1756-1850)
Isaac M. Allison (1779-1845)Samuel Veale Allison (1749-1819)Phoebe Young (1753-1820)
Henry Colden Antill (1779-1852)John Antill (1744-1816)Margaret Colden (c1748-1789)
Nathan Appleton (1779-1861)Isaac Appleton (1731-1806)Mary Adams (1741-1827)
Jacob Bakker (1779-aft1823)Pieter Bakker (c1750-1785)Guurtje Akkerman (c1750-1813)
William Baring (1779-1820)Francis Baring, 1st Bart (1740-1810)Harriet Herring (1750-1804)
Susan Barrett (1779-1877)Samuel Barrett (1738-1798)Elizabeth Salisbury (1745-)
Elkanah Bates (1779-1841)Benjamin Bates (1749-1818)Abigail Billings (c1750-)
Benjamin Beckett (1779-1855)James Beckett (1737-1785)Mary Cooper (1740-1826)
Marijtje Beers (1779-1822)Pieter Beers (1753-1826)Lijsabeth Stam (1742-1808)
William Bidgood (c1783-c1816)William BidgoodMary Waddleton
Asa Bigelow (1779-1850)David Bigelow (1732-1820)Patience Foote (1737-1791)
Hepzebah Bigelow (1779-1866)William Bigelow (1749-1813)Hepsibah Russell (1748-1830)
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80 children were born to the 60 women born in 1779

71 people died in 1779

 FatherMotherAge at death
Daniel Adams (1706-1779)Daniel Adams (1679-1713)Thankful Shepard (1683-1724)
John Bannister (1696-1779)John Bannister (1670-1730)Ruth Eager (1677-1768)
Charles John Bentinck (1708-1779)Hans Willem Bentinck, 1st Earl of Portland (1649-1709)Jane Martha Temple (1672-1751)
Daniel Bigelow (1697-1779)Joshua Bigelow (1655-1745)Elizabeth Flagg (1655-1729)
John Brigham (1680-1779)John Brigham (1645-1728)Sarah Davis (1646-1698)
Erzsébet Bárczay (c1727-1779)
Stephen Cabot (1754-1779)Joseph Cabot (1720-1767)Elizabeth Higginson (1722-1781)
Ralph Chapman (1695-1779)Isaac Chapman (1647-1737)Rebecca Leonard (1658-1736)
Rudolf Chotek von Chotkov und Vojnín (1775-1779)Jan Nepomuk Rudolf Chotek von Chotkov und Vojnín (1749-1824)Maria Sidonia von Clary und Aldringen (1748-1824)
William Coggishall (1690-1779)James Coggishall (c1655-1717)Ann Laughter (c1660-)
Anne Comber (-1779)Thomas Comber (c1710-)Mary Unknown (bef1710-)
Elizabeth Comber (-1779)Thomas Comber (c1710-)Mary Unknown (bef1710-)
James Cook (1728-1779)James Cook (c1700-)Grace Pace (c1700-)
Ann Cornwall (c1688-1779)Thomas Cornwall (1648-1702)Sarah Clark (1653-1717)
Prudence Crocker (1692-1779)Joseph Crocker (1667-1741)Anne Howland (1670-1750)
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7049 people lived in 1779

Reijnouwtje Davids (c1723-aft1753)David
Adrianus Aalders (c1779-1861)Hendrik AaldersMaria van den Spek
Godefridus Aarts (1778-1826)Pieter Aarts (c1750-)Hendrina van den Eijnden (c1750-)
Abigail Abbe (1767-1851)John Abbe (1743-1832)Abial Averill (1738-1832)
Arien Ariensz Abbenes (c1740-1806)Aarjen Hendriksz Abbenes (c1709-1788)Trijntje Gerrits (c1709-1800)
Abiel Abbot (1765-1859)Abiel Abbot (1741-1809)Dorcas Abbot (1744-1829)
Abiel Abbot (1741-1809)John Abbot (1704-1793)Phebe Fiske (1712-1802)
Abiel Abbot (1770-1828)John Abbot (1735-1818)Abigail Abbot (1734-1807)
Abigail Abbot (1734-1807)Benjamin Abbot (1686-1748)Abigail Abbot (1699-1753)
Benjamin Abbot (1770-1823)Abiel Abbot (1741-1809)Dorcas Abbot (1744-1829)
Dorcas Abbot (1744-1829)Benjamin Abbot (1686-1748)Abigail Abbot (1699-1753)
Elizabeth Abbot (1766-1853)John Abbot (1735-1818)Abigail Abbot (1734-1807)
Ezra Abbot (1772-1847)Abiel Abbot (1741-1809)Dorcas Abbot (1744-1829)
John Abbot (1704-1793)John Abbot (1674-1754)Elizabeth Harnden (1756-1693)
John Abbot (1735-1818)John Abbot (1704-1793)Phebe Fiske (1712-1802)
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Events of the year 1779 at Familypedia

82 people were married in 1779.

 Joined with
Benjamin Adair (1752-1823)Nancy George (1763-1833)
Phillip Ament (1755-1836)Maria Elisabeth Schmidt (1757)
Benedict Arnold (1741-1801)Margaret Mansfield (1745-1775)+ Margaret Shippen (1760-1804)
Dirk Maartensz Bakker (1755-1841)Elisabeth Buittenkoffer (1757-1811)+Aaltje de Wijs (1762-1812)+Neeltje Schermer (bef1815-?)
Isaac Baldwin (1753-1818)Hannah Sackett (1753-1836)
Benjamin Bolling (1734-1832)Martha Phelps (1737-1767)+Charity Larrimore (1748-1794)
Bartholomew Bouverie (1753-1835)Mary Wyndham Arundell (1757-1832)
Jan Broersen (1754-1822)Marijtje Mooij (1756-1787) + Antje Buurman (1758-)
George Carpenter (1713-1782)Mary Elizabeth Walsh (c1758-)
Sabra Cobb (1763-1850)Perez Hamlin (1755-1835)
Tamsen Cobb (1757-1794)Daniel Lombard (1751-1797)
Samuel Coit (1708-1792)Sarah Spaulding (1711-1776)+Jemima Kinne (1730-1807)
Edith Cole (1760-1843)Benoni Patten (1757-1832)
Mehitable Cone (1745-1830)Nathaniel Wilson (1733-1821)
John Coolidge (1756-1822)Hannah Priest (1750-1828)
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There were 0 military battles in 1779.

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