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  • Apr 22nd Madame du Barry becomes King Louis XV's "official" mistress
  • Jun 4th A transit of Venus is followed five hours later by a total solar eclipse, the shortest such interval in history.

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Jun 7th Daniel Boone begins exploring Bluegrass State of Kentucky

Frontiersman Daniel Boone
Frontiersman
Daniel Boone
  • Jul 14th The de Portolá Expedition establishes a base in California, and sets out to find the Port of Monterey (now Monterey, California).

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Jul 16th Father Junipero Serra founds Mission San Diego, 1st mission in California

Missionary Junípero Serra
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Junípero Serra
  • Aug 18th Gunpowder in a church in Brescia, Italy, explodes, killing 3,000
  • Sep 18th John Harris of Boston, Massachusetts, builds 1st spinet piano

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Oct 8th Captain James Cook lands in New Zealand (Poverty Bay)

Captain/Explorer James Cook
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James Cook
  • Dec 12th Pope Clement XIV proclaims a universal jubilee
  • Dec 13th Dartmouth College in New Hampshire received its charter
  • Dec 25th First Christian service in New Zealand; Mass is celebrated in Doubtless Bay by Father Paul-Antoine Léonard de Villefeix of the de Surville expedition