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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • 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 IV, King of Sardinia (1796-1802), born in Turin (d. 1819)
  • 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)