1773 in History

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Events in History

  • Jan 6 Massachusetts slaves petition legislature for freedom
  • Jan 12 First public museum established in north American colonies (Charlestown, SC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 17 Captain James Cook becomes 1st to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33' S)

Explorer James Cook
Explorer
James Cook
  • Feb 26 Construction authorized for Walnut St jail (Philadelphia) (1st solitary)
  • Mar 12 Jeanne Baptiste Pointe de Sable found settlement now known as Chicago
  • Mar 18 Oliver Goldsmith's "She Stoops to Conquer" premieres in London
  • Apr 27 British Parliament passes Tea Act (Boston won't like this)
  • Jun 17 Cúcuta, Colombia is founded by Juana Rangel de Cuéllar
  • Jul 20 Scottish settlers arrive at Pictou, Nova Scotia (Canada)
  • Jul 21 Pope Clemens XIV bans Jesuits
  • Jul 29 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny Mtns completed, Schoenbrunn, OH

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 11 Benjamin Franklin writes "There never was a good war or bad peace"

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • Oct 12 America's first asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds' in Virginia
  • Oct 13 The Whirlpool Galaxy was discovered by Charles Messier
  • Oct 14 The first recorded Ministry of Education, the Komisja Edukacji Narodowej (Polish for Commission of National Education), is formed in Poland.
  • Oct 14 American Revolutionary War: The United Kingdom's East India Company tea ships' cargo are burned at Annapolis, Maryland.

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 5 John Hancock is elected as moderator at a Boston town meeting that resolves that anyone who supports the Tea Act is an "Enemy to America"

Statesman John Hancock
Statesman
John Hancock
  • Dec 16 Boston tea party incident - Sons of Liberty protesters throw tea shipments into Boston harbour in protest against British imposed Tea Act
  • Dec 18 A skirmish at Grass Cove in Queen Charlotte Sound results in the deaths of two Māori and nine members of Cook's expedition, New Zealand
  • Dec 26 Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 5 Pieter Fontijn, Dutch painter/drawer
  • Jan 9 Cassandra Austen, English watercolorist and sister of Jane Austen (d. 1845)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 9 William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States (Whig: March 4-April 4, 1841), born in Charles City, Virginia (d. 1841)

9th US President William Henry Harrison
9th US President
William Henry Harrison
  • Feb 22 Matthijs I van Bree, Flemish (court)painter
  • Mar 16 Juan Ramón Balcarce, Argentine military leader and politician (d. 1836)
  • Mar 26 Nathaniel Bowditch, mathematician/astronomer/author (Marine Sextant)
  • Mar 28 Henri Gratien, Comte Bertrand, French general (d. 1844)
  • Apr 6 James Mill, Scottish philosopher and historian (History of British India), born in Angus, Scotland (d. 1836)
  • Apr 9 Étienne Aignan, French writer (d. 1824
  • Apr 22 Jean V baron de Rebecque, Swiss/Dutch army leader
  • Apr 24 Harman W Muntinghe, Dutch lawyer and colonial director
  • May 2 Henrik Steffens, Norwegian philosopher (d. 1845)
  • May 3 Giuseppe Acerbi, Italian traveller/nature investigator/diplomat
  • May 15 Clemens L Metternich, Austrian prince
  • May 19 Arthur Aikin, English mineralogist (d. 1854)
  • May 29 Princess Sophia of Gloucester (d. 1844)
  • May 31 Ludwig Tieck, German writer, born in Berlin (d. 1853)
  • Jun 2 John Randolph, U.S. Senator from Virginia (d. 1833)
  • Jun 3 Caspar G C Reinwardt, German/Dutch biologist
  • Jun 13 Thomas Young, British philologist/physician (light interference)
  • Jul 13 Wilhelm H Wackenroder, German writer (Fantasies about Art)
  • Jul 23 Major General Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane, British soldier, administrator, and astronomer, born in Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1860)
  • Jul 27 Jakob Aall, Norwegian journalist and statesman, born in Porsgrunn, Norway (d. 1844)
  • Aug 22 Aimé Bonpland, French explorer and botanist, born in La Rochelle, France (birth date disputed) (d. 1858)
  • Aug 23 Jakob F. Fries, German philosopher, born in Barby, Germany (d. 1843)
  • Sep 25 Agostino Bassi, Italian entomologist (d. 1856)
  • Oct 6 King Louis-Philippe of France (d. 1850)
  • Dec 27 George Cayley, England, found science of aerodynamics

Weddings in History


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 10 American revolution patriot Paul Revere (38) weds Rachel Walker in Boston, Massachusetts

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere

Deaths in History

  • Jan 4 Anton Losenko, Russian painter (b. 1737)
  • Jan 21 Alexis Piron, French writer (b. 1689)
  • Feb 20 Charles Emanuel III of Savoy, King of Sardinia, dies at 71
  • Mar 1 Jan Wagenaar, Dutch historian, dies at 63
  • Mar 1 Luigi Vanvitelli, [Louis van Wittel], Italian architect, dies at 72
  • Mar 13 Philibert Commerçon, French naturalist and explorer (b. 1727)
  • Mar 24 Philip Dormer Stanhope, English statesman (b. 1694)
  • May 8 Ali Bey Al-Kabir, Egyptian Mameluk head, dies (b. 1728)
  • May 15 Alban Butler, English Catholic priest and writer (b. 1710)
  • Jun 27 Mentewab, dowager Empress of Ethiopia (b. circa 1706)
  • Jul 5 Francisco José Freire, Portuguese historian and philologist (b. 1719)
  • Jul 7 Cornelis Douwes, Dutch mathematician and astronomer, dies at 60
  • Jul 23 George Edwards, English naturalist (b. 1693)
  • Aug 3 Stanisław Konarski, Polish writer (b. 1700)
  • Aug 20 Enrique Florez, Spanish historian (b. 1701)
  • Aug 22 George Lyttelton, English writer and politician (b. 1709)
  • Sep 20 Pieter de Swart, architect (Delfts Port Rotterdam), dies at 63
  • Sep 23 Johann Ernst Gunnerus, Norwegian bishop and botanist (b. 1718)
  • Oct 21 Johann Conrad Schlaun, German baroque architect, dies at 78
  • Oct 26 Amédée-François Frézier, French military engineer and explorer (b. 1682)
  • Nov 8 Friedrich Wilhelm, baron von Seydlitz, Prussian general, dies at 52
  • Nov 16 John Hawkesworth, English writer
  • Nov 19 James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster, Irish politician (b. 1722)
  • Nov 22 Robert Clive, English occupier (India), dies at about 48