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Events in History

  • Feb 11 Stamp Act declared unconstitutional in Virginia
  • Feb 14 Dutch governor Falck and King Keerthisiri Rajasinghe of Kandy sign Treaty of Batticaloa
  • Mar 5 Don Antonio de Ulloa takes possession of Louisiana Terr from French
  • Mar 8 Willem V (18) becomes governor of United Provinces
  • Mar 17 Britain repeals the Stamp Act
  • Apr 8 1st fire escape patented, wicker basket on a pulley & chain
  • May 9 John Byron back in England after trip around the world
  • Jul 9 British premier Rockingham resigns
  • Jul 18 Society of the Dutch Literary forms
  • Oct 30 St. Paul's Chapel in New York is consecrated
  • Nov 10 The last Colonial governor of New Jersey, William Franklin, signs the charter of Queen's College (later renamed Rutgers University).
  • Nov 25 Pope Clement XIII warns On dangers of anti-Christian writings
  • Dec 5 London auctioneers Christie's hold their first sale

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 25 Hans CE Freiherr von Gagern, German advisor to Dutch king Willem I
  • Feb 13 Thomas Malthus, British economist and demographer (Law of Malthus), born in Guildford, England (d. 1834)
  • Mar 4 Emanuel ADMJ, French historian (Napoleon)
  • Apr 15 Friedrich Bouterwek, German philosopher/critic
  • Apr 22 Madame de Staël, French author (d. 1817)
  • Apr 24 Robert Bailey Thomas, founder (Farmer's Almanac)
  • Jul 6 Alexander Wilson, Scottish-born naturalist (d. 1813)
  • Jul 8 Dominique Jean Larrey, French surgeon (d. 1842)
  • Jul 9 J Schopenhauer, writer
  • Jul 9 Jacob Perkins, Newburyport Massachusetts, American Inventor
  • Jul 20 Thomas Bruce, earl of Elgin & Kincardine, British diplomat
  • Aug 1 Jeffrey Wyatville, architect
  • Sep 6 John Dalton, English physicist, developed atomic theory of matter
  • Sep 13 Samuel Wilson, possible namesake of Uncle Sam (d. 1854)
  • Sep 25 Armand-Emmanuel, duc de Richelieu, French PM (1815-18, 1820-21)
  • Oct 22 Hans CE Freiherr von Gagern, German advisor to Dutch king
  • Oct 23 Emmanuel, marquis de Grouchy, French marshal (d. 1847)
  • Nov 2 Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Austrian field marshal (d. 1858)
  • Nov 24 J J Friedrich Weinbrenner, German architect/archaeologist
  • Dec 1 Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin, Russian writer (d. 1826)

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 8 Future Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck (28) weds Dorothy Cavendish (16)

British Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck
British Prime Minister
William Cavendish-Bentinck

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 James III Edward, Old Pretender/king of Gt Britain/Ireland, dies at 77
  • Jan 9 Thomas Birch, British historian (b. 1705)
  • Jan 13 King Frederick V of Denmark (b. 1723)
  • Jan 14 Frederik V, king of Denmark/Norway (1746-66), dies at 42
  • Feb 5 Leopold Josef Graf Daun, Austrian field marshal (b. 1705)
  • Feb 23 Stanislaw Leszcynski, duke of Lutherans/king of Poland, dies
  • Apr 4 John Taylor, English classical scholar (b. 1704)
  • Apr 7 Tiberius Hemsterhuis, Dutch classicist, dies at 81
  • May 5 Jean Astruc, French physician and scholar (b. 1684)
  • May 8 Samuel Chandler, English non-conformist minister (b. 1693)
  • Jun 11 Elisabeth Farnese, princess of Parma/queen of Spain, dies at 73
  • Jun 24 Adrien-Maurice, 3rd duc de Noailles, French soldier (b. 1678)
  • Jul 9 Jonathan Mayhew, American minister (b. 1720)
  • Jul 11 Elizabeth Farnese, wife of Philip V of Spain (b. 1692)
  • Jul 14 František Maxmilián Kaňka, Czech architect (b. 1674)
  • Jul 20 Isabelle Farnese, queen of Spain, dies
  • Sep 3 Archibald Bower, Scottish historian (b. 1686)
  • Sep 13 Benjamin Heath, English classical scholar (b. 1704)
  • Nov 16 Dominikus Zimmermann, German architect/painter, dies at 81
  • Dec 12 Johann Christoph Gottsched, German writer (b. 1700)