What Happened in 1769

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Historical Events

  • Apr 22 Madame du Barry becomes King Louis XV's "official" mistress
  • Jun 4 A transit of Venus is followed five hours later by a total solar eclipse, the shortest such interval in history.
  • Jun 7 Daniel Boone begins exploring Bluegrass State of Kentucky
  • Jul 14 The de Portolá Expedition establishes a base in California, and sets out to find the Port of Monterey (now Monterey, California).
  • Jul 16 Father Junipero Serra founds Mission San Diego, 1st mission in California
  • Aug 18 A lightning strike on the Bastion of San Nazaro in Brescia, Italy, ignites 90 tonnes of gunpowder, killing 3,000 people
  • Sep 18 John Harris of Boston, Massachusetts, builds 1st spinet piano
  • Oct 8 Captain James Cook lands in New Zealand (Poverty Bay)
  • Dec 12 Pope Clement XIV proclaims a universal jubilee
  • Dec 13 Dartmouth College in New Hampshire received its charter
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World Leaders in 1769

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 18 Hakuin Ekaku, Zen teacher (reformer of Rinzai school), dies in Japan
  • Jan 24 François de Chevert, French general (b. 1695)
  • Feb 2 Clement XIII, [Carlo Rezzonico], Pope (1758-69), dies at 75
  • Mar 27 Josef Antonin Gurecky, composer, dies at 60
  • Apr 3 Gerhard Tersteegen, German evangelist/poet (in blood), dies at 71
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