On This Day

What Happened in 1757

Historical Events

  • Jan 2 British troops occupy Calcutta India
  • Jan 5 Failed assassination attempt on French King Louis XV by Damiens
  • Jan 17 German Diet declares war on Prussia
  • Mar 14 On board HMS Monarch (his own flagship), British Admiral John Byng is executed by firing squad for failing to come to aide of besieged British garrison
  • Mar 17 Prince Mas Saïd of Mataram surrenders to Mangkubumi in Java
  • Apr 6 British King George II dismisses minister William Pitt the Elder, Secretary of State for the Southern Department
  • May 1 Austria and France divide Prussia
  • May 6 Battle of Prague: Frederick II of Prussia's forces defeat Austrian army
  • Jun 18 Battle at Kolin Bohemia: Austrian army beats Prussia
  • Jun 23 Robert Clive defeats army led by Suraja Dowlaat Plassey, wins control of Bengal
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Famous Weddings

  • Aug 4 American revolution patriot Paul Revere (22) weds Sarah Orne in Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Famous People Who Died in 1757

  • Jan 9 Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle, French scientist and man of letters (b. 1657)
  • Jan 9 Louis Bertrand Castel, French mathematician, dies at 68
  • Jan 19 Thomas Ruddiman, Scottish classical scholar (b. 1674)
  • Feb 5 Horatio Walpole, 1st Baron Walpole of Wolterton, English diplomat, dies at 78
  • Mar 1 Edward Moore, English writer & dramatist (The Gamester), dies at 44

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