What Happened in 1781

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Significant Events

  • Jan 5 British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Virginia
  • Mar 13 William Herschel sees what he thinks is a "comet" but is actually the discovery of the planet Uranus
  • Sep 4 Los Angeles is founded by 44 Spanish speaking mestizos in the Bahia de las Fumas (Bay of Smokes)
  • Sep 28 9,000 American and 7,000 French troops begin siege of Yorktown
  • Oct 19 British General Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown at 2 pm; US Revolutionary War ends
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World Leaders in 1781

Famous People in 1781

Would You Believe?

Crew of slave ship Zong murder about 142 African slaves by dumping them into the sea, to claim insurance

On November 29, 1781

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 12 Richard Challoner, English Catholic prelate (b. 1691)
  • Jan 15 Marianne Victoria of Borb√≥n, queen regent of Portugal (b. 1718)
  • Jan 17 Marie de Negre Dables, marquess, dies
  • Jan 22 Johann Siebenkas, composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 4 Josef Myslivecek, composer, dies at 43
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