- Feb 14 The Battle of Cape St Vincent: British fleet under Admiral Sir John Jervis defeats larger Spanish fleet under Admiral Don José de Córdoba y Ramos near Cape St. Vincent, Portugal. Captain Horatio Nelson distinguishes himself.
- Feb 22 The Last Invasion of Britain by the French, begins near Fishguard, Wales
- Feb 26 Bank of England issues first £1 note
- Oct 11 Battle of Camperdown (Kamperduin): British navy defeats Dutch fleet
1st top hat worn by John Etherington of London
On January 15, 1797