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1779 Historical Event(s)
- January 11, 1779 – Ching-Thang Khomba is crowned King of Manipur.
- February 14, 1779 – James Cook is killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii.
- May 13, 1779 – War of Bavarian Succession: Russian and French mediators at the Congress of Teschen negotiate an end to the war. In the agreement Austria receives the part of its territory that was taken from it (the Innviertel).
- June 1, 1779 – Benedict Arnold, a general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, is court-martialed for malfeasance.
- June 24, 1779 – American Revolutionary War: The Great Siege of Gibraltar begins.
- July 6, 1779 – Battle of Grenada: French victory over British naval forces during the American Revolutionary War.
- July 16, 1779 – American Revolutionary War: light infantry of the Continental Army seize a fortified British Army position in a midnight bayonet attack at the Battle of Stony Point.
- September 16, 1779 – American Revolutionary War: The Franco-American Siege of Savannah begins.
- September 28, 1779 – American Revolution: Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay.
- October 18, 1779 – American Revolutionary War: The Franco-American Siege of Savannah is lifted.
Who Were Born On 1779?
- February 27, 1779 – Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (d. 1842)
- March 2, 1779 – Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman and botanist (d. 1851)
- March 6, 1779 – Antoine-Henri Jomini, French general (d. 1869)
- August 1, 1779 – Lorenz Oken, German naturalist (d. 1851)
- August 7, 1779 – Carl Ritter, German geographer (d. 1859)
- August 22, 1779 – James Kirke Paulding, American author (d. 1860)
- September 8, 1779 – Mustafa IV, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1808)
- September 18, 1779 – Joseph Story, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1845)
- November 14, 1779 – Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger, Danish poet (d. 1850)