What Happened in 1782

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Historical Events

  • Jan 7 1st US commercial bank, Bank of North America, opens in Philadelphia
  • Jan 15 Robert Morris, Superintendent of Finance, recommends to U.S. Congress establishment of decimal coinage and a national mint
  • Feb 4 British garrison surrenders to French & Spanish fleet
  • Feb 5 Spanish take Minorca (western Mediterranean) from British
  • Feb 13 French fleet occupies St Christopher
  • Feb 21 US Congress resolves establishment of a US mint
  • Feb 23 Engineer James Watt's patent for a rotary motion for the steam engine (his sun-and-planet gear) is granted
  • Mar 8 Gnadenhutten Massacre - Ohio militia kills 90 indians
  • Mar 23 "Les Liaisons dangereuses" by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos is published by Durand Neveu
  • Mar 27 Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

George Washington creates the Purple Heart medal (original name Badge of Military Merit) as commander of the Continental Army

On August 7, 1782


World Leaders in 1782

Famous People in 1782

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 4 Musician Wolfang Amadeus Mozart (26) weds Constanze Weber in St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Austria
  • Aug 18 Romantic Age poet and artist William Blake (24) marries Catherine Boucher, 5 years his junior, in St. Mary's Church, Battersea, London.