1754 in History

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Events in History

  • Jan 4 Columbia University founded, as Kings College (NYC)
  • Jan 15 Riot at burial of Orangist leader Daniel Raap in Amsterdam
  • Jan 28 Horace Walpole, in a letter to Horace Mann, coins the word serendipity
  • Mar 8 Marquis of Ensenada becomes premier of Spain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 18 Thomas Pelham-Holles becomes British Prime Minister on the death of his brother Henry Pelham

British Prime Minister Thomas Pelham-Holles
British Prime Minister
Thomas Pelham-Holles

BattleBattle of Interest

May 28 Battle of Jumonville Glen: forces led by George Washington kill French Canadian officer Joseph Coulon de Jumonville

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 15 Richard Martin, Irish animal rights activist (d. 1834)
  • Jan 24 Andrew Ellicott, American surveyor (d. 1820)
  • Jan 29 Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland (d. 1806)
  • Jan 30 John Lansing, Jr., American statesman (d. 1829)
  • Feb 13 Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, French politician (d. 1838)
  • Feb 17 Nicolas Baudin, French explorer (d. 1803)
  • Feb 19 Vincenzo Monti, Italian poet/translator (Al Signor di Montgolfier)
  • Mar 4 Benjamin Waterhouse, physician co-founder of Harvard Medical School (smallpox vaccine pioneer), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1846)
  • Mar 23 Baron Jurij Vega, Slovenian mathematician, physicist, and artillery officer (d. 1802)
  • Apr 9 Pieter Paulus, Dutch lawyer/CEO (National Convention)
  • May 10 Asmus Jakob Carstens, painter
  • May 23 Andrea Appiana, Italian royal painter (Napoleon)
  • Jun 4 Franz Xaver, Baron Von Zach, Austrian editor and astronomer (d. 1832)
  • Jun 16 Salawat Yulayev, Bashkir national hero, poet (d. 1800)
  • Jul 11 Thomas Bowdler, famous prude, bowdlerized Shakespeare
  • Jul 20 Destutt de Tracy, French philosopher (d. 1836)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 2 Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-born American architect who laid out Washington, D.C., born in Paris, France (d. 1825)

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
  • Aug 18 François, marquis de Chasseloup-Laubat, French general (d. 1833)
  • Aug 21 William Murdoch, Scottish inventor (d. 1839)
  • Aug 21 Banastre Tarleton, British soldier and politician (d. 1833)
  • Aug 23 Louis XVI, Versailles, king of France (1774-93) eventually guillotined
  • Sep 9 William Bligh, nasty ship's captain (HMS Bounty)
  • Sep 19 John Ross Key, commissioned officer in the Continental Army, judge, lawyer and the father of Francis Scott Key (d. 1821)
  • Oct 16 Morgan Lewis, Governor of New York (1804-07) (d. 1844)
  • Nov 26 Georg Forster, German writer, naturalist (A Voyage Round the World) and revolutionary, born in Nassenhuben (Mokry Dwór), Royal Prussia, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (d. 1794)
  • Dec 2 William Cooper, American judge (d. 1809)
  • Dec 7 Jack Jouett, American patriot
  • Dec 24 George Crabbe, Aldeburgh England, poet (Everlasting Mercy)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 16 British PM William Pitt the Elder (46) weds Lady Hester Grenville (34) in Argyle Street, London

British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner) William Pitt the Elder
British Prime Minister (The Great Commoner)
William Pitt the Elder

Deaths in History

  • Jan 10 Daniel Raap, Dutch porcelain salesman/politician, dies at about 51
  • Jan 10 Edward Cave, English editor and publisher (b. 1691)
  • Jan 28 Ludvig Holberg, Danish lawyer/writer (Hendrig og Pernille), dies at 69
  • Feb 5 Nicolaas S Cruquius, hydraulic engineer, (Haarlemmermeer), dies at 75
  • Feb 16 Richard Mead, physician, dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 6 Henry Pelham, British Prime Minister (Whig: 1743-54) who introduced the Gin Acts, dies at about 57

British Prime Minister Henry Pelham
British Prime Minister
Henry Pelham
  • Mar 8 Don Jose de Carvajal bon Lancaster, Sp min of Foreign affairs, dies
  • Mar 23 Johann Jakob Wettstein, Swiss theologian (b. 1693)
  • Apr 2 Thomas Carte, English historian (b. 1686)
  • Apr 9 Christian von Wolff, German philosopher, dies at 75
  • Apr 15 Jacopo Riccati, Italian mathematician (b. 1676)
  • May 14 Pierre-Claude Nivelle de La Chaussée, French writer (b. 1692)
  • May 23 John Wood, architect/town planner, dies
  • Jun 2 Ebenezer Erskine, Scottish religious dissenter (b. 1680)
  • Jun 7 Nikolaj Eigtved, Danish, architect (Amalienborg Square), dies at 52
  • Jul 4 Philippe Néricault Destouches, French dramatist and author (b. 1680)
  • Oct 4 Tanacharison, Catawba Indian chief
  • Oct 8 Henry Fielding, English lawyer/author (Tom Jones), dies at 47
  • Oct 28 Friedrich von Hagedorn, German poet (b. 1708)
  • Nov 12 Jacob de Wit, Amsterdam painter/decorater, dies at 58
  • Nov 27 Abraham de Moivre, French mathematician (b. 1667)
  • Dec 12 Wu Jingzi, Chinese writer (b. 1701)
  • Dec 14 Mahmud I, sultan of Turkey, dies at 58