What Happened in 1797

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Significant Events

  • Feb 14 The Battle of Cape St Vincent: British fleet under Admiral Sir John Jervis defeats larger Spanish fleet under Admiral Don José de Córdoba y Ramos near Cape St. Vincent, Portugal. Captain Horatio Nelson distinguishes himself.
  • Feb 22 The Last Invasion of Britain by the French, begins near Fishguard, Wales
  • Feb 26 Bank of England issues first £1 note
  • Oct 11 Battle of Camperdown (Kamperduin): British navy defeats Dutch fleet
More Historical Events

Did You Know?

1st top hat worn by John Etherington of London

On January 15, 1797


World Leaders in 1797

Famous People in 1797

Famous Weddings

  • Mar 29 Writer Mary Wollstonecraft marries philopher and journalist William Godwin
  • May 5 Napoleon I's sister Elisa marries Felix Bacciochi
  • May 30 Abolitionist William Wilberforce (37) weds Barbara Spooner (25) at St Swithins Church in Walcot, Bath
  • Jul 26 US President John Quincy Adams (29) weds Louisa Johnson (22) at All Hallows Barking parish in London