What Happened in 1761

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Historical Events

  • Jan 7 Battle at Panipat India: Afghan army beats Mahratten
  • Jan 14 Third Battle of Panipat between the Marathas and Afghans is fought in India
  • Jan 16 The British capture Pondicherry, India, from the French.
  • May 22 1st life insurance policy in North America issued in Philadelphia
  • Jun 8 British fleet occupies Belle Île off the Brittany Coast
  • Jun 10 Puritan version of "Othello" opens in Newport Rhode Island
  • Sep 22 Coronation of King George III of the United Kingdom and Queen Charlotte.
  • Dec 16 Seven Years' War: After four-month siege, Russian army under Pyotr Rumyantsev takes Prussian fortress of Kolobrzeg (German: Kolberg).

World Leaders in 1761

Famous Weddings

  • May 5 Jurist William Blackstone (37) weds Sarah Clitherow
  • Sep 8 Marriage of George III of the United Kingdom to Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Queen Charlotte).

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Willem de Fesch, Dutch violinist/composer (Joseph), dies at 73
  • Jan 4 Stephen Hales, English vicar/inventor (ventilator), dies at 83
  • Jan 10 Edward Boscawen, British admiral (b. 1711)
  • Feb 1 Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix, French historian (b. 1682)
  • Feb 15 Carlo Cecere, Italian composer, dies at 54
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