What Happened in 1768

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Significant Events

  • Aug 25 Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England, on his first voyage on board the Endeavour, bound for the Pacific Ocean
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Did You Know?

1st edition of "Encyclopedia Brittanica" published in Scotland

On December 6, 1768


World Leaders in 1768

Famous People Born in 1768

  • Jan 7 Joseph Bonaparte, King of Naples (d. 1844)
  • Jan 10 James Varicick, 1st AME Zion Bishop
  • Jan 28 Frederick VI, Danish king (1808-39); lost Norway to Sweden (1814)
  • Feb 4 Maurits C van Hall, Dutch ruler of Heicop & Boeicop, lawyer/politician
  • Feb 12 Francis II, Florence Italy, last Holy Roman emperor (1792-1806)
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Would You Believe?

Philip Astley stages the world's first modern circus in London

On January 9, 1768