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Notable Historical Events - 1780

1780British Major John Andre reveals Benedict Arnold's plot to betray West Point

1780The Omicron Delta Omega fraternity was founded by Benjamin Franklin at James Madison University.

1780John Hancock becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts

1780Benedict Arnold joins the British

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