Historical Events in 1758

Standardized Species Names

Jan 1 The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature establish the "starting point" for standardized species names across the animal kingdom, based on the binomial nomenclature by Carolus Linnaeus 10th edition of Systema Naturae

  • Jan 11 Russian troops occupy K√∂nigsberg, East-Prussia [NS=Jan 22]
  • Jan 22 Russian troops occupy K√∂nigsberg, East Prussia [OS=Jan 11]
  • Apr 17 Francis Williams, 1st US black college graduate, publishes poems
  • May 21 Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War
  • Jun 23 Seven Years' War: Battle of Krefeld - British forces defeat French troops at Krefeld in Germany
  • Jun 30 Seven Years' War: The Battle of Domstadtl results in Austrian victory over Prussia in Moravia
  • Jul 8 British and Colonial assault on French forces at Fort Ticonderoga, New York

Election of Interest

Jul 24 George Washington elected to Virginia House of Burgesses representing Frederick County

  • Jul 25 Seven Years' War: the island battery at Fortress Louisbourg in Nova Scotia is silenced and all French warships are destroyed or taken

Victory in Battle

Jul 26 British battle fleet under general James Wolfe conquers Louisbourg

  • Aug 8 British troops occupy & plunder Cherbourg
  • Aug 14 Battle of Zorndorf: Prussia beats Russia, 1000s killed
  • Aug 29 New Jersey Legislature forms 1st Indian reservation
  • Sep 11 Battle of Saint Cast: France repels British invasion during the Seven Years' War

Event of Interest

Sep 12 French astronomer Charles Messier mistakenly identifies the Crab Nebula, and begins his Messier Catalogue

  • Oct 14 Battle at Hochkirk, Saksen: Austrian army beats Prussia
  • Nov 25 Britain captures Fort Duquesne (later Fort Pitt/Pittsburgh) from French
  • Dec 25 Return of Halley's comet 1st sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch
  • Dec 31 British expeditionary army occupies Goree (Dakar) Senegal