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Events in History

  • Jan 16 Britain & Prussia sign Treaty of Westminster
  • Mar 17 St. Patrick's Day is first celebrated in NYC at the Crown & Thistle Tavern
  • Apr 14 Gov Glen of SC protests against 900 Acadia indians
  • May 1 France & Austria sign alliance
  • May 17 Britain declares war on France (7 Years' or French & Indian War)
  • May 18 Great Britain declares war on France
  • Jun 4 Quakers leave assembly of Pennsylvania
  • Jun 20 Black Hole of Calcutta - 146 British soldiers imprisoned in small dungeon in Calcutta, India where most die
  • Jun 20 Siraj ud-Daulah Nawab of Bengal takes Calcutta from the British
  • Jun 27 French fleet conquer St Philips Castle of Minorca
  • Jul 30 Bartolomeo Rastrelli presents the newly-built Catherine Palace to Empress Elizabeth and her courtiers.
  • Aug 14 French capture Fort Oswego, NY
  • Aug 29 England & France meet in war
  • Aug 29 Prussian Libya occupies Saxson: beginning 7 years War
  • Sep 8 French and Indian War: Kittanning Expedition.
  • Sep 22 Nassau Hall opens at Princeton University
  • Oct 15 Saxon army surrenders to Prussia
  • Dec 6 British troops under Robert Clive occupy Fulta, India
  • Dec 31 Russia joins the Alliance of Versailles

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 4 Anne Nagell van Ampsen, Dutch politician
  • Jan 29 Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee III, Congressman, Governor of Virginia and American General

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 6 Aaron Burr, 3rd US Vice President (D-R: 1801-05) who killed Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel, born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 1836)

3rd Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr
3rd Vice President of the United States
Aaron Burr
  • Feb 13 Joannes van der Linden, lawyer/judge (Ware Pleiter)
  • Feb 22 Georg Friedrich von Martens, German diplomat (d. 1821)
  • Mar 3 William Godwin, philosopher/political writer (Caleb Williams)
  • Mar 4 Sir Henry Raeburn, Scottish painter (d. 1823)
  • Apr 7 Charles Felix, King of Sardina (1821-31)
  • Apr 13 Louis H J Condé, French prince
  • May 27 Maximilian I Jozef, King of Bavaria
  • Jun 6 John Trumbull, US painter (Declaration of Independence)
  • Jun 8 Cornelis van Foreest, mayor of Alkmaar
  • Jun 17 Pierre-Joseph Cambon, French member of Committee of Salut Public
  • Jul 2 Christian G Korner, German lawyer/father of Karl
  • Jul 14 Thomas Rowlandson, English painter/cartoonist/etcher
  • Aug 19 Anthony FRE Haersolte, member of Executing Regime
  • Aug 29 Heinrich Graf von Bellegarde, Austrian field marshal and statesman (d. 1845)
  • Aug 29 Jan Śniadecki, Polish mathematician (d. 1830)
  • Sep 7 Willem Bilderdijk, Dutch poet/literature (Disease of Scientists)
  • Sep 21 John Loudon McAdam, created macadam road surface (asphalt)
  • Oct 2 Jacob van Strij, Dutch cartoonist/graphic artist
  • Nov 4 Anthony van Hoboken, Rotterdam merchant/ship owner
  • Nov 27 Paul van Hemert, Dutch theologist/philosopher (Kant)
  • Nov 30 Ernst Chladni, German physicist (d. 1827)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

May 20 Prime Minister of Great Britain Frederick North (24) weds heiress Anne Speke

British Prime Minister Frederick North
British Prime Minister
Frederick North

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 14 Frontiersman Daniel Boone (21) weds Rebecca Bryan (17) in Yadkin River, North Carolina

Frontiersman Daniel Boone
Frontiersman
Daniel Boone

Deaths in History

  • Apr 16 Jacques Cassini, Fr astronomer (Discover rings of Saturn), dies at 79
  • Jul 9 Pieter Langendijk, painter/etcher/playwright, dies at 72
  • Jul 24 George Vertue, engraver, dies
  • Dec 8 William Stanhope, 1st Earl of Harrington, British statesman and diplomat
  • Dec 11 Theodor A Freiherr von Neuhoff, German adventurer/king, dies