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Events in History

  • Jan 3 East Indies invasion "Geldermalsen" leaves at Malacca: 92 killed
  • Jan 15 Tobias Smollett publishes pamphlet accusing Henry Fielding of plagiarism
  • Feb 3 Dutch States-General forbids export of windmills
  • Mar 23 Pope Stephen II elected to succeed Zacharias, died 2 days later
  • May 11 1st US fire insurance policy issued in Philadelphia
  • Jun 3 Moscow houses & churches destroyed by fire
  • Jun 5 Prince William of Orange becomes Knight of Garter
  • Jun 6 3rd great fire in Moscow in 2 weeks; 1/3 of city destroyed
  • Jun 9 French army surrenders to the British in Trichinopoly, India
  • Sep 1 Liberty Bell arrives in Philadelphia
  • Sep 2 Last Julian calendar day in Britain and British colonies (no Sept 3-Sept 13th)
  • Sep 3 Britain and the British Empire (including the American colonies) adopt the Gregorian Calendar, losing 11 days. People riot thinking the government stole 11 days of their lives
  • Sep 14 Britain (and American colonies) adopt the Gregorian calendar (no Sept 3-Sept 13th)
  • Nov 11 Theresianische Military Academy opens in Vienna

Birthdays in History


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 1 Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], American seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1836)

Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag
Betsy Ross
  • Jan 2 Philip Freneau, poet of American Revolution (The American Village)
  • Jan 19 James Morris III, American army officer (d. 1820)
  • Jan 31 Gouverneur Morris, American lawmaker and diplomat (d. 1816)
  • Feb 17 Friedrich M Klinger, German playwright (Wirrwarr)
  • Feb 25 John Graves Simcoe, first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada (d. 1806)
  • May 4 John Brooks, 11th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1825)
  • May 11 Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German anthropologist (d. 1840)
  • May 14 Albrecht Thaer, German agronomist (d. 1828)
  • May 14 Timothy Dwight, American theologian (d. 1817)
  • Jun 13 Fanny Burney, England, author (Camille, Evelina)
  • Jul 7 Joseph-Marie Jacquard, invented programmable loom
  • Jul 27 Samuel Smith, American politician
  • Aug 13 Marie Caroline of Austria, queen of the Two Sicilies (d. 1814)
  • Aug 27 Herman Muntinghe, Dutch theologist (History of Mankind)
  • Sep 18 Adrien-Marie Lagendre, mathematician, worked on elliptic integrals
  • Sep 21 Louise MC, countess of Albany
  • Oct 2 Samuel Story, Dutch admiral (Battle at Kamperduin)
  • Oct 17 Nicolas Appert, French inventor of airtight food preservation (food canning, bouillon tablet), born in Ch├ólons-en-Champagne, France (d. 1841)
  • Nov 19 George Rogers Clark, frontier military leader in Revolutionary War
  • Nov 20 Thomas Chatterton, English poet (Christabel)
  • Nov 29 Jemima Wilkinson, American preacher (d. 1819)
  • Dec 6 Gabriel Duvall, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1844)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 4 Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician (paradox of Cramer), dies at 47
  • Jan 16 Francis Blomefield, English topographer (b. 1705)
  • Feb 9 Fredric Hasselquist, Swedish naturalist (b. 1722)
  • May 3 Samuel Ogle, British provincial Governor of Maryland (b. c. 1692)
  • May 4 Pieter Snyers, Flemish painter/engraver, dies at 71
  • May 23 William Bradford, English-born printer (b. 1663)
  • Jun 14 Charles-Antoine Coypel, French carpet designer, dies at 57
  • Jun 14 Daniel Marot, French/Neth, architect/engraver, dies at about 88
  • Jun 16 Giulio Alberoni, Spanish/Italian minister/cardinal, dies at 88
  • Jun 16 Joseph Butler, English philosopher, dies at 60
  • Jul 29 Peter Warren, British admiral
  • Aug 22 William Whiston, English mathematician (b. 1667)
  • Nov 5 Carl Andreas Duker, German classical scholar (b. 1670)
  • Nov 6 Ralph Erskine, Scottish minister (b. 1685)