What Happened in 1766

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Historical Events

  • Feb 11 Stamp Act declared unconstitutional in Virginia
  • Feb 14 Dutch governor Falck and King Keerthisiri Rajasinghe of Kandy sign Treaty of Batticaloa
  • Mar 5 Don Antonio de Ulloa takes possession of Louisiana Territory from the French
  • Mar 8 Willem V (18) becomes governor of United Provinces
  • Mar 18 Britain repeals the Stamp Act, which had caused outrage in colonial America and helped lead to the American Revolution
  • Apr 8 1st fire escape patented, wicker basket on a pulley & chain
  • May 9 John Byron back in England after trip around the world
  • Jul 9 British premier Rockingham resigns
  • Jul 18 Society of the Dutch Literary forms
  • Oct 30 St. Paul's Chapel in New York is consecrated

World Leaders in 1766

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1st fire escape patented, wicker basket on a pulley & chain

On April 8, 1766

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Famous Deaths

  • Jan 1 James III Edward, Old Pretender/king of Gt Britain/Ireland, dies at 77
  • Jan 9 Thomas Birch, British historian (b. 1705)
  • Jan 13 King Frederick V of Denmark (b. 1723)
  • Jan 14 Frederik V, king of Denmark/Norway (1746-66), dies at 42
  • Jan 19 Giovanni Niccolò Servandoni, Italian-French architect, dies at 70
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