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  • Jan 9th Philip Astley stages the first modern circus in London.

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Feb 11th Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • Feb 15th 1st mustard manufactured in America advertised, Philadelphia
  • Feb 20th 1st American chartered fire insurance company opens (Penn)
  • Apr 5th 1st US Chamber of Commerce forms (NYC)

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Apr 9th John Hancock refuses to allow two British customs agents to go below deck of his ship, considered by some to be the first act of physical resistance to British authority in the colonies

Statesman John Hancock
John Hancock
  • May 9th John Hancock pays duties on 25 pipes of wine, only one fourth of his ship's carrying capacity, and British officials accuse him of unloading the rest during the night to avoid paying the duties on the entire cargo
  • May 10th John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for The North Briton severely criticizing King George III. This action provokes rioting in London.
  • Jun 10th British customs officials seize John Hancock's ship, "The Liberty", on the suspicion that Hancock had illegally unloaded cargo without paying duties a month earlier
  • Jun 21st 1st US bachelor of medicine degree (Dr John Archer)
  • Jul 7th Firm of Johann Buddenbrook founded, in Thomas Mann's novel
  • Jul 18th Boston Gazette publishes "Liberty Song", America's 1st patriotic song
  • Aug 19th Saint Isaac's Cathedral is founded in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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Aug 25th Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England, on his first voyage on board the Endeavour, bound for the Pacific Ocean

Captain/Explorer James Cook
James Cook
Botanist and explorer Joseph Banks
Botanist and explorer
Joseph Banks
  • Oct 1st British troops under General Gauge land in Boston
  • Oct 30th First Methodist church in North American colonies initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC)
  • Dec 1st The slave ship Fredensborg sinks off Trom√ły in Norway.
  • Dec 6th 1st edition of "Encyclopedia Brittanica" published (Scotland)