1779 in History
January 17 Captain Cooks last notation in ship's log Discovery
January 23 Charles Messier catalogs M56 (globular cluster in Lyra)
January 31 Charles Messier adds M57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra) to his catalog
February 24 George Rogers Clark captures Vincennes (Ind) from British
March 11 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers established (1st time)
May 13 War of Bavarian Succession ends
June 15 General Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, Bronx
June 16 In support of the U.S., Spain declares war on England
June 16 Vice-Admiral Hardy sails out of Isle of Wright against Spanish Armada
June 18 French fleet occupies St. Vincent
June 20 Battle of Stone Ferry
July 4 French fleet occupies Grenada
July 15 U.S. troops under General A Wayne conquer Ft. Stony Point, New York
September 3 Earl d'orvilliers (French/Spanish Armada) sails back to Brest
September 23 John Paul Jones' "Bon Homme Richard" defeats HMS Serepis
September 27 John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Britain
December 23 Benedict Arnold court-martialed for improper conduct
December 31 English fleet beat Dutch Merchant vessels