A Year In History: 1799

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This Year in History:

1799

Discover what happened in this year with HISTORY’s summaries of major events, anniversaries, famous births and notable deaths.

July 15

Rosetta Stone found

Although there is some debate about the exact date, on what was likely July 15, 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles east of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in three […]