< MDCCLXXIX = 1779 >
Events in 1779
|12 January:|| ||The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 11 days.|
|14 February:|| ||James Cook, British explorer, is killed by natives on Hawaii at age 50.|
|16 February:|| ||At this Chinese New Year the Dog makes way for the Year of the Pig.|
|1 April:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|4 April:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated on Easter Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox since the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|23 May:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|28 May:|| ||Thomas Moore, Irish poet, is born in Dublin.|
|1 September:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1193 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|20 September:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|1 October:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|13 November:|| ||Thomas Chippendale, London cabinetmaker and furniture designer, victim of tuberculosis at age 61, is buried at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.|
|8 December:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|24 December:|| ||Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.|
People in 1779
Daniel Bernoulli, Benjamin Franklin, Leonhard Euler, Carlo Goldoni, Ruđer Bošković, Denis Diderot, Adam Smith, John Smeaton, Immanuel Kant, Catherine the Great, Josiah Wedgwood, Charles Messier, George Washington, Joseph Haydn, Taksin, James Watt, Rama I, Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Edward Gibbon, John Hancock, William Herschel, Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, Thomas Jefferson, Antoine Lavoisier, Eise Eisinga, Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, Johann Christian Fabricius, Alessandro Volta, Jacques Charles, Giuseppe Piazzi, Francisco Goya, Jacques-Louis David, Edward Jenner, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, James Madison, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, Louis XVI, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, Marie Antoinette, Ernst Chladni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gilbert du Motier, William Blake, Maximilien Robespierre, Horatio Nelson, Friedrich Schiller, Robert Burns, Luigi Cherubini, Marie Tussaud, Joseph Niépce, Robert Fulton, Francis II, Muhammad Ali, Napoleon Bonaparte, André-Jacques Garnerin, Ludwig van Beethoven, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Richard Trevithick, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Clemens von Metternich, Francis Beaufort, André-Marie Ampère and Carl Friedrich Gauss celebrated their birthday this year.
The year 1779 was a common year starting on a Friday, just like 1683, 1694, 1700, 1706, 1717, 1723, 1734, 1745, 1751, 1762 and 1773 in the century before it and 1790, 1802, 1813, 1819, 1830, 1841, 1847, 1858, 1869 and 1875 in the next.
The coloured days highlight
other historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and
icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.
The normal calendar page for the current /year?2018 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.
URL: < http://4umi.com/year?1779 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 23 June 2018.