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What Happened in 1768

Important Events in 1768

  • Apr 9 John Hancock refuses to allow two British customs agents to go below deck of his ship, considered by some to be the first act of physical resistance to British authority in the colonies
  • Aug 25 Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England, on his first voyage on board the Endeavour, bound for the Pacific Ocean

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1st edition of "Encyclopedia Brittanica" published in Scotland

On December 6, 1768

Famous People Born in 1768

  • Jan 7 Joseph Bonaparte, King of Naples (d. 1844)
  • Jan 10 James Varicick, founder and first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, born in Newburgh, New York (d. 1827)
  • Jan 28 Frederick VI, Danish king (1808-39); lost Norway to Sweden (1814)
  • Feb 4 Maurits C van Hall, Dutch ruler of Heicop & Boeicop, lawyer/politician
  • Feb 12 Francis II, Florence Italy, last Holy Roman emperor (1792-1806)

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World Leaders in 1768

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Philip Astley stages the world's first modern circus in London

On January 9, 1768