1759 in History

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Events in History

  • Jan 11 1st American life insurance company incorporated, Philadelphia
  • Jan 15 British Museum opens in Montague House, London
  • Feb 28 Pope Clement XIII allows Bible to be translated into various languages
  • Mar 13 27th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet
  • Apr 8 British troops chase French out of Masulipatam India
  • Apr 13 French beat European Allies in Battle of Bergen
  • May 1 British fleet occupies Guadeloupe, West Indies, capturing it from France
  • May 31 The Province of Pennsylvania bans all theater productions.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 27 British general James Wolfe begins the siege of Quebec.

British Army Officer James Wolfe
British Army Officer
James Wolfe
  • Jul 25 British capture Fort Niagara from French (7 Years' War)
  • Jul 26 11,000 British troops drive a token French garison of 400 out of Fort Ticonderoga, New York
  • Aug 1 Battle at Minden, Westfalen: Ferdinand van Brunswick beats France
  • Aug 10 Carlos III becomes king of Spain
  • Aug 12 Battle of Kunersdorf - Russian-Austrian army overpowers Prussians
  • Aug 18 -19] 2nd sea battle of Lagos: England vs France
  • Sep 12 British soldiers capture the town of Quebec.
  • Sep 13 British beat French forces at Plains of Abrahams (Quebec)
  • Sep 14 Austrian troops occupy Dresden
  • Sep 18 Battle of Quebec ends, French surrender to British who capture Quebec City
  • Oct 31 Earthquake in Safed, Palestine kills hundred
  • Nov 20 -22] Battle in Bay of Quiberon, British beat French
  • Nov 21 Battle at Maxen: Prussian army surrenders to Austrians
  • Nov 24 Destructive eruption of Vesuvius

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 5 Jacques Cathelineau, French royalist/army leader
  • Jan 17 Paul Cuffe, Mass, merchant/shipbuilder/African American nationalist
  • Jan 21 Johan Valckenaer, Dutch politician/patriot

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 25 Robert Burns, Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne), born in Alloway, Scotland (d. 1796)

  • Feb 15 Friedrich A Wolfius, [Wolf], German philological (Prolegomena)
  • Mar 22 Hedwig Elizabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen of Sweden and Norway (d. 1818)
  • Apr 27 Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, England, writer/feminist (Female Reader)
  • May 1 Jacob Albright, [Albrecht], German/US predictor
  • May 6 Francois GJS Andrieux, French writer/politician
  • May 20 William Thornton, architect (Capitol building, Washington, D.C.)
  • May 26 Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, writer/mother of Mary Shelley

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 28 William Pitt the Younger, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1783-1801, 1804-06), born in Hayes, Kent, England (d. 1806)

British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger
British Prime Minister
William Pitt the Younger
  • Jun 2 Jan Ekels, the Young, Dutch painter
  • Jun 8 Thomas Dunham Whitaker, British topographer, born in Rainham, Norfolk
  • Jun 21 Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman and financier (d. 1817)
  • Jul 19 Seraphim of Sarov, Russian Orthodox Saint (d. 1833)
  • Jul 24 Victor Emmanuel I, King of Sardinia (1802-21)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 24 William Wilberforce, British politician, philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade, born in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England (d. 1833)

Abolitionist William Wilberforce
Abolitionist
William Wilberforce
  • Sep 19 William Kirby, English entomologist (d. 1850)
  • Sep 26 Hans D L earl Yorck von Wartenburg, Prussian fieldmarshal/gov-gen
  • Oct 4 Antoine Arbogast, French mathematician (d. 1803)
  • Oct 13 Ecco Epkema, Dutch linguist (Frisian, old-Frisian)
  • Oct 20 Chauncey Goodrich, U.S. Senator from Connecticut (d. 1815)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 25 William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig: 1806-07), born in Wotton Underwood, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1834)

British Prime Minister William Grenville
British Prime Minister
William Grenville
  • Oct 25 Maria Fyodorovna of Russia, wife of Tsar Paul I of Russia (d. 1828)
  • Oct 26 Georges Danton, France, revolutionary leader/min of Justice

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 6 US 1st President George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis at White House Plantation

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
1st US First Lady Martha Washington
1st US First Lady
Martha Washington

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 27 Political activist Thomas Paine (22) weds household servant Mary Lambert (21)

Voice of the American Revolution Thomas Paine
Voice of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 Jacques-Joachim Trotti, marquis de La Chétardie, French adventurer (b. 1705)
  • Jan 3 Marquis & Marquess of Tavora, Portuguese nobles, executed
  • Jan 5 Thomas-Philippe et de Boussu, S Neth cardinal, dies at 79
  • Jan 12 Anne of Hannover, English princess, dies at 49
  • Feb 15 Alexander von Papenhoven, Flemish religious sculptor, dies at 89
  • Mar 11 John Forbes, British general (b. 1710)
  • May 12 Lambert-Sigisbert Adam, French sculptor (b. 1700)
  • Jun 12 William Collins, English poet (Ode to Simplicity), dies at 37
  • Jul 25 Theodoor Verhaegen, Flemish sculptor, dies
  • Jul 27 Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis, biologist/astronomer, dies at 60
  • Aug 6 Eugene Aram, English philologist (b. 1704)
  • Aug 10 Ferdinand VI, the wise, king of Spain, dies at 46
  • Aug 24 Ewald C von Kleist, German poet, dies at 44
  • Sep 10 Ferdinand Konščak, Croatian explorer (b. 1703)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 13 James Wolfe, British Army officer who defeated the French in Canada and captured Quebec, dies in battle at 32

British Army Officer James Wolfe
British Army Officer
James Wolfe
  • Sep 14 Louis Joseph Montcalm, French general (Plains of Abraham), dies at 47
  • Sep 28 Cornelis Pronk, portrait painter/cartoonist, dies at 67
  • Oct 10 Granville Elliott, British military officer (b. 1713)
  • Oct 13 John Henley, English minister (b. 1692)
  • Nov 29 Nicolaus I Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (b. 1687)