What Happened in 1749

Historical Events

  • Jan 3 Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont.
  • Jan 16 Hoax article advertising fictitious theatrical performer "The Bottle Conjuror" drew huge crowds to the Haymarket Theatre, London, whose inevitable non-appearance caused a riot. It's alleged the Duke of Montagu perpetrated the fiasco to win a bet
  • Jan 21 Verona Philharmonic Theatre destroyed by fire. Rebuilt 1754.
  • Feb 28 1st edition of Henry Fieldings' novel "Tom Jones" published
  • Apr 27 First performance of George Frideric Handel's Fireworks Music in Green Park, London
  • May 2 Empress Maria Theresa signs "Haugwitzschen State reform"
  • May 11 British parliament accepts Consolidation Act, to reorganise the Royal Navy
  • May 19 George II grants charter to Ohio Company to settle Ohio Valley
  • Jun 21 Pieter Steyn installed as pension advisor of Netherlands
  • Jun 21 Halifax, Nova Scotia, is founded
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World Leaders in 1749

Famous People in 1749

Would You Believe?

Hoax article advertising fictitious theatrical performer "The Bottle Conjuror" drew huge crowds to the Haymarket Theatre, London, whose inevitable non-appearance caused a riot. It's alleged the Duke of Montagu perpetrated the fiasco to win a bet

On January 16, 1749

Famous Weddings

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 7 Andre Cardinal Destouches, composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 8 Jan van Huysum, Dutch still life painter, dies at 66
  • May 24 Graf Valentin Potocki, Polish nobleman
  • Jun 13 Jan F van Bloemen, [Orizonte], Flemish painter, dies at 87
  • Jun 16 Johann Baptista Ruffini, Italian trader (b. 1672)
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