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Jan 11th Frisia bans Voltaires "Traité sur la tolérance"

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire
  • Jan 16th Charles Messier catalogs M41 (galactic cluster in Canis Major)
  • Mar 9th After a public campaign by the writer Voltaire, judges in Paris posthumously exonerate Jean Calas of murdering his son. Calas had been tortured and executed in 1762 on the charge, though his son had actually committed suicide.
  • Mar 22nd Stamp Act passed; 1st direct British tax on colonists
  • Mar 24th Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers
  • May 3rd 1st US medical college opens in Philadelphia
  • May 7th HMS Victory (Admiral Nelson's flagship at Trafalgar, 40 years later) launched
  • May 18th Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec.

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May 29th Patrick Henry's historic speech against the Stamp Act, answering a cry of "Treason!" with, "If this be treason, make the most of it!"

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry
  • Aug 14th Massachusetts colonists challenge British rule by an Elm (Liberty Tree)
  • Sep 21st Antoine de Beauterne announces he had killed the Beast of Gévaudan, but was later proved wrong by more attacks.
  • Oct 7th Stamp Act Congress convenes in NY
  • Oct 19th Stamp Act Congress meets in NY, writes the Declaration of Rights and Grievances
  • Nov 1st Stamp Act goes into effect in British colonies
  • Nov 23rd People of Frederick County Md refuse to pay England's Stamp tax