1751 in History

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Events in History

  • Feb 16 1st publication of Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard"
  • Feb 25 1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent)
  • Apr 5 Adolf Frederik of Holstein-Gottorp crowns himself king of Sweden
  • May 11 1st hospital founded (Pennsylvania Hospital) in the 13 Colonies in America
  • Jul 29 1st international world title prize fight-Jack Stack of England, beats challenger M Petit of France in 29 mins in England
  • Jul 31 Fire in Stockholm destroys 1,000 houses
  • Aug 24 Thomas Colley executed in England for drowning supposed witch
  • Aug 31 British troops under Sir Robert Clive occupy Arcot, India
  • Sep 12 Amsterdam refuses establishment of Jewish ghetto
  • Sep 13 Britain signs Austrian & Russian alliance
  • Oct 20 Royal ship Duc de Bourgogne launched at Rochefort
  • Dec 14 The first military academy in the world, the Theresian Military Academy, is founded in Austria
  • Dec 23 France sets plan to tax clergymen

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 12 Ferdinand I, king of Sicily & Naples. (d. 1825)
  • Jan 12 Jacob M R Lenz, writer (Das Leidende Weib)
  • Feb 19 Cornelis de Gijselaar, Dutch politician/patriot
  • Feb 20 Johann Heinrich Voß, German poet (d. 1826)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 16 James Madison, 4th US President (1809-17), born in Port Conway, Virginia (d. 1836)

4th US President James Madison
4th US President
James Madison
  • Apr 9 Emanuel Schikaneder, [Johann Schickeneder], German playwright [or 9/1]
  • May 24 Charles Emanuel II, King of Sardina (1796-1802)
  • Jun 4 John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon
  • Jul 11 Caroline Matilda of Wales, queen consort of Denmark and Norway (d. 1775)
  • Aug 7 Wilhelmina FS, Princess of Prussia/Orange/wife of Willem V
  • Aug 23 Louis-Francois Beffara, lexicographer
  • Sep 13 Henry Kobell, Dutch painter/cartoonist
  • Oct 16 Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt, Queen of Prussia (d. 1805)
  • Oct 20 Hendrik van Stralen, Dutch MP/secretary of Interior
  • Oct 30 Richard Sheridan, Irish playwright (d. 1816)
  • Dec 7 Jurrian F de Frederici, governor-General (Suriname)
  • Dec 9 Maria Luisa of Parma, queen of Charles IV of Spain (d. 1819)
  • Dec 10 George Shaw, English botanist and zoologist (d. 1813)
  • Dec 26 Clement Hofbauer, Austrian missionary and saint (d. 1820)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 20 John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, English politician (b. 1665)
  • Jan 25 Paul Dudley, Attorney-General of Massachusetts (b. 1675)
  • Feb 9 Henri F D'Aguesseau, Chancellor of France (1717..50), dies at 82
  • Mar 20 Frederick Louis, English prince of Wales/son of George I, dies
  • Mar 21 Johann Heinrich Zedler, German publisher (b. 1706)
  • Mar 25 Frederick of Hessen Kassel, King of Sweden (1720-51), dies at 74
  • Mar 29 Thomas Coram, English sea captain and philanthropist
  • Apr 19 Peter Lacy, Irish-born Russian Field marshal (b. 1678)
  • May 24 William Hamilton, of Gilbertsfield, poet, dies
  • Jun 20 Adriaen Valckenier, gov-gen of Neth-Indies (1737-41), dies at 56
  • Jul 15 John Wilson, botanist, dies
  • Aug 30 Christopher Polhem, Swedish scientist and inventor (b. 1661)
  • Oct 22 Willem IV KH Friso, prince of Orange-Nassau, dies at 40
  • Oct 26 Philip Doddridge, English religious leader (b. 1702)
  • Dec 12 Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, English statesman and philosopher (b. 1678)
  • Dec 16 Leopold II of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian general (b. 1700)
  • Dec 17 Kilian I von Dientzenhofer, Czech master builder, dies at 62
  • Dec 18 Kilian I von Dientzenhofer, builder (Nepomukkerk, Prague), dies at 62
  • Dec 19 Louise of Great Britain, wife of Frederick V of Denmark (b. 1724)