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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1780 AD

January

January 3: Danish national anthem "Kong Kristian...," 1st sung
January 4: Snowstorm hit Washington's army at Morristown, NJ
January 15: Continental Congress establishes court of appeals
January 16: Battle at Cape St. Vincent: Admiral Rodney beats Spanish fleet

March

March 1: Pennsylvania becomes 1st U.S. state to abolish slavery (for new-borns only)
March 26: 1st British Sunday newspaper appears (British Gazette and Sunday Monitor)

May

May 2: William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris
May 4: American Academy of Arts and Science founded
May 4: Charles Bunbury on Diomed wins 1st Epsom Derby
May 5: 2nd oldest learned society in U.S. (American Academy of Arts and Sciences) forms (Boston)
May 12: British troops occupy Charleston, South Carolina
May 12: Charleston, South Carolina falls to British (Revolutionary War)
May 19: About midday, near-total darkness descends on much of New England to this day it's cause is still unexplained

June

June 2: Anti Catholic demonstration attacks parliament in London
June 7: Anti-Catholic riot in London, 100s die

July

July 9: Denmark declares neutrality

August

August 1: Sweden declares neutrality
August 11: Barbados hurricane begins
August 16: British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, SC
August 22: Resolution, without Captain Cook, returns to England

September

September 21: Benedict Arnold gives British Major Andre plans to West Point
September 23: British Major John Andre reveals Benedict Arnold's plot to betray West Pt
September 25: Benedict Arnold joins the British

October

October 7: British defeated by American militia near Kings Mountain, SC
October 10: Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in Caribbean

November

November 20: Britain declares war on Holland

December

December 20: England declares war on Netherlands
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