What Happened in 1771

Historical Events

  • Jan 22 Spain cedes Falkland Islands to Britain
  • Feb 12 Gustav III becomes the King of Sweden.
  • Feb 16 Messier presents his original list of 45 M-objects to French Academy
  • Feb 19 Messier adds M46-M49 to his catalog (galactic clusters in Puppis & Hydra & galaxy in Virgo)
  • May 7 Samuel Hearne explores Copper Mine River of Canada
  • May 16 The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called "The Regulators", occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.
  • Jun 2 "Armida", an operatic 'dramma per musica' by Antonio Salieri debuts at the Vienna Burgtheater
  • Jul 12 James Cook sails Endeavour back to Downs, England
  • Jul 14 Mission San Antonio de Padua founded in California
  • Jul 31 Paul Potters "Great ossendrift" sold for Ÿ9050 in Amsterdam
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World Leaders in 1771

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 26 Political activist Thomas Paine (34) weds second wife Elizabeth Ollive
  • May 14 King of France Louis XVIII weds princess Maria Giuseppina of Savoy at the Palace of Versailles

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 5 John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, British statesman (b. 1710)
  • Jan 11 Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, marquis d'Argens, French author, dies at 66
  • Feb 8 Augusta von Saxen-Gotha, German prince Frederick Louis of Wales, dies
  • Feb 12 Adolf Frederik, King of Sweden (1751-70), dies at 60
  • Feb 20 Jean Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist (b. 1678)
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