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Events in History

  • Mar 28 Parliament sends an address to the king requesting that he demand redress from Spain (War of Jenkin's Ear)
  • Apr 15 Bottle opener invented
  • Apr 18 Real Academia de la Historia ("Royal Academy of History") founded in Madrid.
  • May 9 Britain sends fleet to the Mediterranean Sea & West Indies

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 John Wesley is converted, launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day.

Evangelist John Wesley
Evangelist
John Wesley
  • May 25 A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.
  • May 27 Turkish troops occupy Orsova & Ochakov
  • Jul 20 North America: French explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de la Vérendrye reaches the western shore of Lake Michigan.
  • Aug 2 France offers emperor Karel VI mediation in war against Turkey
  • Nov 18 France & Austria sign peace treaty
  • Dec 9 Jews are expelled from Breslau Silesia

Birthdays in History


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Jan 10 Ethan Allen, American Revolutionary War patriot (lead the Green Mountain Boys), born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1789)

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen
  • Mar 11 Benjamin Tupper, Continental Army officer, and pioneer to the Ohio Country (d. 1792)

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Apr 14 William Cavendish-Bentinck, British 3rd Duke of Portland, Whig Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1783, 1807-09), born in Nottinghamshire, (d. 1809)

British Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck
British Prime Minister
William Cavendish-Bentinck
  • Apr 16 Henry Clinton, British general (d. 1795)

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May 1 Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii (1782-1819), born in Kohala, Hawaii (d. 1819)

King of Hawaii Kamehameha I
King of Hawaii
Kamehameha I
  • May 8 Mikhail Kamensky, Russian general (d. 1809)
  • May 9 John Pindar, [Peter], physician/poet
  • May 27 Nathaniel Gorham, American politician (d. 1796)
  • May 28 Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, French physician and freemason who proposed and became the namesake of the guillotine, born in Saintes, France (d.1814)
  • Jun 4 George III, King of Great Britain (1760-1820), born in London, England
  • Jun 16 Mary Katharine Goddard, American printer and publisher (d. 1816)
  • Jun 22 Jacques Delille, French poet and translator (d. 1813)
  • Jul 3 John Singleton Copley, Mass, finest colonial American artist
  • Jul 11 Albert-Kasimir, duke of Saxon/viceroy of Hungary/Netherlands
  • Jul 24 Elizabeth "Betje" Wolff-Bekker, Dutch author and poet (Sara Burgerhart), born in Flushing, Netherlands (d. 1804)
  • Aug 1 Jacques François Dugommier, French general (d. 1794)
  • Sep 22 Dionysius G Van de Keessel, lawyer (Theses Selectae)
  • Sep 25 Nicholas Van Dyke, American lawyer and President of Delaware (d. 1789)
  • Oct 6 Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria (d. 1789)
  • Oct 10 Benjamin West, painter (Death of General Wolfe)
  • Oct 11 Arthur Phillip, admiral/1st governor New-South Wales

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Nov 15 William Herschel, German/British astronomer (discovered Uranus), born in Hanover, Brunswick-Lüneburg, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1822)

Astronomer William Herschel
Astronomer
William Herschel
  • Dec 2 Richard Montgomery, Irish-born soldier (d. 1775)
  • Dec 26 Thomas Nelson, merchant, signer of Declaration of Independence
  • Dec 31 Charles Cornwallis, British general and colonial administrator, born in London (d. 1805)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 15 Matthias Braun, Czech sculptor (b. 1684)
  • Mar 16 George Bähr, German architect (Frauenkirche, Dresden), dies at 72
  • May 1 Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, English statesman (b. c. 1669)
  • Jun 5 Isaac de Beausobre, French Protestant pastor (b. 1659)
  • Jun 21 Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend, English statesman (b. 1674)
  • Jul 15 Alexander Voznitsyn, Rus Naval officer converted to Judaism, executed
  • Jul 15 Baruch Leibov, converted Russian Naval officer to Judaism, executed
  • Aug 9 Pierre Drevet, French engraver, dies at 75
  • Aug 16 Joe Miller, English comic, dies
  • Sep 23 Hermannus Boerhaave, medical/botanist, dies at 69
  • Dec 22 Constantia Jones, British prostitute (executed)