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What Happened in 1752

Historical Events in 1752

  • Jan 3 East Indies invasion "Geldermalsen" leaves at Malacca: 92 killed
  • Jan 15 Tobias Smollett publishes pamphlet accusing Henry Fielding of plagiarism
  • Feb 3 Dutch States-General forbids export of windmills
  • Mar 23 Pope Stephen II elected to succeed Zacharias, dies 2 days later
  • May 11 1st US fire insurance policy issued in Philadelphia
  • Jun 3 Moscow houses and churches destroyed by fire
  • Jun 5 Prince William of Orange becomes Knight of Garter
  • Jun 6 3rd great fire in Moscow in 2 weeks; 1/3 of city destroyed
  • Jun 9 French army surrenders to the British in Trichinopoly, India
  • Jun 10 Benjamin Franklin tests the lightning conductor with his kite-flying experiment

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World Leaders in 1752

Would You Believe?

Britain and the British Empire (including the American colonies) adopt the Gregorian Calendar, losing 11 days. People riot thinking the government stole 11 days of their lives

On September 3, 1752


Famous People Who Died in 1752

  • Jan 4 Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician (paradox of Cramer), dies at 47
  • Jan 16 Francis Blomefield, English topographer (History of Norfolk), dies at 46
  • Feb 9 Fredric Hasselquist, Swedish naturalist (b. 1722)
  • May 3 Samuel Ogle, British provincial Governor of Maryland (b. c. 1692)
  • May 4 Pieter Snyers, Flemish painter/engraver, dies at 71

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