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  • Apr 22 Madame du Barry becomes King Louis XV's "official" mistress
  • Jun 4 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 7 Daniel Boone begins exploring Bluegrass State of Kentucky

Frontiersman Daniel Boone
Frontiersman
Daniel Boone
  • Jul 14 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 16 Father Junipero Serra founds Mission San Diego, 1st mission in California

Missionary Junípero Serra
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Junípero Serra
  • Aug 18 A lightning strike on the Bastion of San Nazaro in Brescia, Italy, ignites 90 tonnes of gunpowder, killing 3,000 people
  • Sep 18 John Harris of Boston, Massachusetts, builds 1st spinet piano

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

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