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What Happened in 1772

Historical Events

  • Jun 22 Somerset v Stewart court case finds slavery unsupported by English common law, encouraging the abolitionist movement
  • Jul 13 Captain James Cook begins 2nd voyage aboard the Resolution to the South Seas to search for Terra Australis (Southern continent)
  • Aug 21 King Gustav III of Sweden completes a coup d'etat by adopting a new Constitution and installing himself as an enlightened despot, ending 50 years of parliamentary rule
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Did You Know?

Catherine the Great Empress of Russia, ends tax on men with beards, enacted by Tsar Peter the Great in 1698

On April 6, 1772

World Leaders in 1772

Famous Weddings


Famous People Who Died in 1772

  • Feb 8 Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales by marriage to Frederick, Prince of Wales, dies at 52
  • Feb 10 Joseph Wenzel I, Prince of Liechtenstein and general, dies at 75
  • Feb 18 Johann Hartwig Ernst, Count von Bernstorff, Danish statesman (b. 1712)
  • Mar 2 Robert J Pothier, French lawyer, dies at 73
  • Mar 11 Johann George Reutter, composer, dies at 63

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