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What Happened in 1769

Historical Events in 1769

  • Apr 22 Madame du Barry becomes King Louis XV's "official" mistress
  • Apr 29 Scottish engineer James Watt's patent for a steam engine with a separate condenser enrolled (Patent 913)
  • Jun 4 A transit of Venus is followed five hours later by a total solar eclipse, the shortest such interval in history
  • Jun 7 Daniel Boone begins exploring Bluegrass, State of Kentucky
  • Jul 14 The de Portolá Expedition establishes a base in California, and sets out to find the Port of Monterey (now Monterey, California)
  • Jul 16 Father Junipero Serra founds Mission San Diego the 1st mission in California
  • Aug 18 A lightning strike on the Bastion of San Nazaro in Brescia, Italy, ignites 90 tonnes of gunpowder, killing 3,000 people
  • Sep 18 John Harris of Boston, Massachusetts, builds 1st spinet piano
  • Oct 8 Captain James Cook lands in New Zealand (Poverty Bay)
  • Dec 12 Pope Clement XIV proclaims a universal jubilee

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World Leaders in 1769

Famous Divorces in 1769

  • Mar 23 Augustus FitzRoy, English Duke of Grafton divorces the Duchess of Grafton, (formerly Hon. Anne Liddell) by an Act of Parliament

Famous People Who Died in 1769

  • Jan 18 Hakuin Ekaku, Zen teacher (reformer of Rinzai school), dies in Japan
  • Jan 24 François de Chevert, French general (b. 1695)
  • Feb 2 Clement XIII [Carlo Rezzonico], Pope (1758-69), dies at 75
  • Mar 27 Josef Antonin Gurecky, composer, dies at 60
  • Apr 3 Gerhard Tersteegen, German evangelist and poet (wrote in blood), dies at 71

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