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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1779 AD

January

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

February 24: George Rogers Clark captures Vincennes (Ind) from British

March

March 11: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers established (1st time)

May

May 13: War of Bavarian Succession ends

June

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

July 4: French fleet occupies Grenada
July 15: U.S. troops under General A Wayne conquer Ft. Stony Point, New York

September

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

December 23: Benedict Arnold court-martialed for improper conduct
December 31: English fleet beat Dutch Merchant vessels
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