Historical Events in 1773

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  • Jan 6th Massachusetts slaves petition legislature for freedom
  • Jan 12th 1st US public museum established (Charlestown SC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 17th Capt James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33' S)

Captain/Explorer James Cook
James Cook
  • Feb 26th Construction authorized for Walnut St jail (Philadelphia) (1st solitary)
  • Mar 12th Jeanne Baptiste Pointe de Sable found settlement now known as Chicago
  • Mar 18th Oliver Goldsmith's "She Stoops to Conquer" premieres in London
  • Apr 27th British Parliament passes Tea Act (Boston won't like this)
  • Jun 17th Cúcuta, Colombia is founded by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar
  • Jul 20th Scottish settlers arrive at Pictou, Nova Scotia (Canada)
  • Jul 21st Pope Clemens XIV bans Jesuits
  • Jul 29th 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny Mtns completed, Schoenbrunn, OH

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 11th Benjamin Franklin writes "There never was a good war or bad peace"

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • Oct 12th America's first asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds' in Virginia
  • Oct 13th The Whirlpool Galaxy was discovered by Charles Messier
  • Oct 14th The first recorded Ministry of Education, the Komisja Edukacji Narodowej (Polish for Commission of National Education), is formed in Poland.
  • Oct 14th American Revolutionary War: The United Kingdom's East India Company tea ships' cargo are burned at Annapolis, Maryland.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 5th John Hancock is elected as moderator at a Boston town meeting that resolves that anyone who supports the Tea Act is an "Enemy to America"

Statesman John Hancock
John Hancock
  • Dec 16th Boston tea party incident - Sons of Liberty protesters throw tea shipments into Boston harbour in protest against British imposed Tea Act
  • Dec 18th A skirmish at Grass Cove in Queen Charlotte Sound results in the deaths of two Māori and nine members of Cook's expedition, New Zealand
  • Dec 26th Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia