On This Day

Historical Events in 1749

  • Jan 3 Benning Wentworth issues the first of the New Hampshire Grants, leading to the establishment of Vermont.
  • Jan 16 Hoax article advertising fictitious theatrical performer "The Bottle Conjuror" drew huge crowds to the Haymarket Theatre, London, whose inevitable non-appearance caused a riot. It's alleged the Duke of Montagu perpetrated the fiasco to win a bet
  • Jan 21 Verona Philharmonic Theatre destroyed by fire. Rebuilt 1754.
  • Feb 28 1st edition of Henry Fieldings' novel "Tom Jones" published

Music Premiere

Apr 27 First performance of George Frideric Handel's "Music For The Royal Fireworks"in Green Park, London

  • May 2 Empress Maria Theresa signs "Haugwitzschen State reform"
  • May 11 British parliament accepts Consolidation Act, to reorganise the Royal Navy

New Settlement

May 19 George II grants charter to Ohio Company to settle Ohio Valley

  • Jun 21 Pieter Steyn installed as pension advisor of Netherlands
  • Jun 21 Town of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is founded by the British - sparks Father Le Loutre's War
  • Jun 25 General fast because of drought in Massachusetts
  • Jun 29 New Governor Charles de la Ralière Des Herbiers arrives at Isle Royale (Cape Breton Island).
  • Jul 20 Earl of Chesterfield says "Idleness is only refuge of weak minds"
  • Jul 21 Pieter Steyn becomes pension advisor of Holland
  • Oct 26 Georgia Colony reverses itself & rules slavery is legal
  • Nov 2 English Ohio Trade Company forms first trading post