Decades: 1720s 1730s 1740s 1750s 1760s - 1770s - 1780s 1790s 1800s 1810s 1820s
Years: 1774 1775 1776 1777 1778 - 1779 - 1780 1781 1782 1783 1784
The Iron Bridge is completed across the Severn river in Shropshire; the first all cast-iron bridge ever constructed.
The city of Tampere is founded in Finland.
May 13 - War of Bavarian Succession: Russian and French mediators at the Congress of Teschen negotiate an end to the war. In the agreement Austria receives a part of its territory that was taken from them (the Inn District).
July 16 - American Revolutionary War: United States forces led by General Anthony Wayne capture Stony Point, New York from British troops.
January 5 - Stephen Decatur, American naval officer
January 18 - Peter Roget, lexicographer (+ 1869)
March 15 - Lord Melbourne, British Prime Minister.
May 28 - Thomas Moore, poet (+ 1852)
August 20 - Jons Jacob Berzelius, Swedish chemist.
November 14 - Adam Oehlenschlager, Danish poet
January 20 - David Garrick, actor
February 14 - James Cook (b. 1728), British naval captain and explorer, killed at Kealakekua Bay on the Island of Hawai'i.
December 6 - Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, French painter
Emperor Go-Momozono of Japan
China - Qianlong Emperor of China, Qing Dynasty (reigned from October 18, 1735 to February 9, 1796)
Prussia - Frederick II King of Prussia (reigned from 1740 to 1786)
1779 in science\n