On This Day

What Happened in 1751

Historical Events in 1751

  • Feb 16 1st publication of Thomas Gray's poem "Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard"
  • Feb 25 1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent)
  • Apr 5 Adolf Frederik of Holstein-Gottorp crowns himself king of Sweden
  • May 1 The New York Gazette carries the first public report of a cricket match played in America (New York)
  • May 11 Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin
  • Jul 29 1st international world title prize fight: Jack Stack of England, beats challenger M. Petit of France in 29 mins in England
  • Jul 31 Fire in Stockholm destroys 1,000 houses
  • Aug 24 Thomas Colley executed in England for drowning a supposed witch
  • Aug 30 George Frideric Handel completes oratorio "Jephtha"
  • Aug 31 British troops under Sir Robert Clive occupy Arcot, India

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1751 in Sport

  • Jul 29 1st international world title prize fight: Jack Stack of England, beats challenger M. Petit of France in 29 mins in England


World Leaders in 1751

Famous People Who Died in 1751

  • Jan 17 Tomaso Albinoni, Italian composer (Adagio in G-minor), dies at 79
  • Jan 20 John Hervey, 1st Earl of Bristol, English politician, dies at 85
  • Jan 25 Paul Dudley, Attorney-General of Massachusetts, dies at 75
  • Feb 9 Henri Fran├žois d'Aguesseau, Chancellor of France (1717-50), dies at 82
  • Mar 20 Frederick Louis, English prince of Wales and son of George II, dies at 44

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