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Events in History

  • Jan 8 Comet C/1760 A1 (Great comet) approaches within 0.0682 AUs of Earth
  • Jan 9 Afghans defeat Marathas in battle of Barari Ghat
  • Jan 22 Battle at Wandewash India: British troops beat French
  • Jan 28 Pownal, Vermont created by Benning Wentworth as one of the New Hampshire Grants.
  • Feb 16 Native American hostages killed in Fort Prince George, SC
  • Mar 20 Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings
  • Jun 4 Great Upheaval: New England planters arrive to claim land in Nova Scotia, Canada taken from the Acadians.
  • Jun 10 NY passes 1st effective law regulating practice of medicine
  • Jun 23 Battle of Landshut Silesia: Austria beats Prussia
  • Jul 19 The formal request to found the later city of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico is filed by its founders.
  • Jul 26 Austrian troops occupy Fort Glatz Silezie
  • Aug 7 Ft Loudon, Tennessee surrenders to Cherokee Indians
  • Aug 15 Battle at Leignitz: Prussia beats Austria & Russia
  • Aug 21 The church (later cathedral) of "Our Lady of Candlemas of Mayagüez (Puerto Rico)" is founded, establishing the basis for the founding of the city.
  • Sep 8 French army surrenders Montreal to General Jeffrey Amherst
  • Sep 28 Russian & Austrian army occupies Berlin
  • Oct 2 Russian/Austrian army evacuates Berlin [NS=10/13]
  • Oct 9 7 Years' War: Russian and Austrian forces occupy Berlin [OS=Sep 28]
  • Oct 10 Suriname Colonial Regime signs treaty with Aukaners (ex-slaves)
  • Oct 13 Russian/Austrian army evacuates Berlin
  • Oct 23 First Jewish prayer books printed in North America
  • Oct 25 George III becomes King of Great Britain.
  • Nov 3 Battle at Torgau, Saxony: Prussia beats Austria
  • Nov 29 French commandant Beletre surrenders Detroit to Maj R Rogers
  • Dec 25 Jupiter Hammon, an African American slave, composes poetry broadside "An Evening Thought" (1st poetry published by an African American 1761)

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 3 John Storm, American Revolutionary soldier (d. 1835)
  • Feb 14 Richard Allen, 1st African American ordained by Methodist-Episcopal church, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 1 François Nicolas Leonard Buzot, French revolutionary (d. 1794)
  • Mar 2 Camille Desmoulins, France, journalist/pamphleteer/revolution leader
  • Mar 28 Thomas Clarkson, English abolitionist (Negro Emancipation)
  • May 10 Johann Peter Hebel, German writer (Allemannische Gedichte), born in Basel (d. 1826)
  • Jun 5 Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist (discovered yttrium)
  • Jun 26 Johan I Jozef, monarch of Liechtenstein/fieldmarshal
  • Jul 8 Christian Kramp, French mathematician (d. 1826)
  • Aug 22 Leo XII, [Annibale Sermattei], Italy, Pope (1823-29)
  • Sep 15 Bogislav Friedrich Emanuel von Tauentzien, Prussian general of the Napoleonic Wars (d. 1824)
  • Sep 21 Ivan Dmitriev, Russian statesman (d. 1837)
  • Oct 1 William Beckford, British writer (Epsiodes of Vathek)
  • Oct 27 August W A Grave von Gneisenau, Prussian fieldmarshal
  • Nov 8 Jean-Baptiste Dumonceau de Bergendael, South Neth earl/general
  • Nov 13 Jiaqing, Emperor of China (d. 1820)
  • Nov 23 Gracchus Babeuf, French utopian socialist (Tribun du Peuple)
  • Dec 2 John Breckinridge, American politician (d. 1806)
  • Dec 18 Knud L Rahbek, Danish literary (Om sku skuespillerkunsten)

Weddings in History

  • Mar 5 Princess Carolina marries Gen Charles Christian van Nassau-Weilburg

Deaths in History

  • Apr 10 Gerard George Clifford, head of East-Indian Company, dies at 75
  • Apr 10 Jean Lebeuf, French historian (b. 1687)
  • Apr 16 Laurence, 4th Earl Ferrers, executed for murder of his steward
  • May 9 Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf und Pottendorf, Austrian born German religious and social reformer, dies at 59
  • May 15 Alaungpaya, King of Burma (b. 1711)
  • May 22 Israel ben Eliezer, Polish-born mystical rabbi (b. 1700)
  • Jun 15 Antoine Court, French reformed theologist, dies at 69
  • Jul 13 Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania's ambassador to the Native Americans (b. 1696)
  • Sep 11 Louis Godin, French astronomer (b. 1704)
  • Oct 25 George II (August), king of Great Britain (1727-60), dies at 76
  • Dec 14 Kacic Miosic, Croatian poet (Razgovar Ugodni Naroda Slovinskoga), dies