Historical Events for Year 1780
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Jan 3rd - Danish national anthem "Kong Kristian...," 1st sung
Jan 4th - Snowstorm hit Washington's army at Morristown, NJ
Jan 15th - American Continental Congress establishes court of appeals
Jan 16th - Battle at Cape St Vincent: admiral Rodney beats Spanish fleet
Feb 29th - The Omicron Delta Omega fraternity was founded by Benjamin Franklin at James Madison University.
Mar 1st - Pennsylvania becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for new-borns only)
Mar 26th - 1st British Sunday newspaper appears (Brit Gazette & Sunday Monitor)
Apr 16th - The University of Münster in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany is founded.
May 2nd - William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris
May 4th - American Academy of Arts & Science founded
May 4th - Charles Bunbury on Diomed wins 1st Epsom Derby
May 4th - The Derby horse race is held for the first time.
May 5th - 2nd oldest learned society in US (American Academy of Arts & Sciences) forms (Boston)
May 12th - British troops occupy Charleston, South Carolina (Revolutionary War)
United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin May 19th - About midday, near-total darkness descends on much of New England, only now known to be caused by forest fires in Canada
May 29th - Battle of Waxhaw Creek: alleged massacre of 113 of Colonel Abraham Buford's continentals by Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton's troops after the continentals raised a white flag
Jun 2nd - Anti-Catholic demonstration attacks parliament in London
Jun 7th - Anti-Catholic riot in London, hundreds die
Jun 23rd - American Revolution: Battle of Springfield fought in and around Springfield, New Jersey (including Short Hills, formerly of Springfield, now of Millburn Township.
Jul 9th - Denmark declares neutrality
Aug 1st - Sweden declares neutrality
Aug 11th - Barbados hurricane begins
Aug 16th - British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, SC
Aug 22nd - Resolution, without Captain Cook, returns to England
US Defector General Benedict Arnold Sep 21st - Benedict Arnold gives British Major Andre plans to West Point
Sep 23rd - British Major John Andre reveals Benedict Arnold's plot to betray West Point
Sep 25th - Benedict Arnold joins the British
Oct 7th - British defeated by American militia near Kings Mountain, SC
Oct 10th - Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in Caribbean
Oct 16th - Royalton, Vermont and Tunbridge, Vermont last major raid of the American Revolutionary War.
Oct 25th - John Hancock becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts
Oct 27th - Samuel Williams and the first U.S. astronomical expedition to record an eclipse of the sun observes the event at Penobscot Bay
Nov 5th - French-American force under Colonel LaBalme is defeated by Miami Chief Little Turtle.
Dec 20th - Britain declares war on Holland