On This Day

Historical Events in 1764

  • Jan 24 Governor Winthrop's Telescope is destroyed in a Harvard fire
  • Feb 15 St. Louis, Missouri founded as a French trading post by Pierre Lacl├Ęde
  • Feb 21 John Wilkes thrown out of English House of Commons for "Essay on Women"
  • Apr 3 Austrian Archduke Jozef crowned himself Holy Roman Emperor Josef II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 5 British Parliament passes the Sugar Tax on the American colonies, introduced by Prime Minister George Grenville

British Prime Minister George Grenville
British Prime Minister
George Grenville
  • May 5 Smolny Institute forms in St Petersburg for noble girls
  • Jul 23 James Otis publishes views on taxation without representation

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Oct 15 Edward Gibbon observes a group of friars singing in the ruined Temple of Jupiter in Rome, which inspires him to begin work on The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Historian Edward Gibbon
Edward Gibbon
  • Nov 9 Mary Campbell, a captive of the Lenape during the French and Indian War, is turned over to forces commanded by Colonel Henry Bouquet.
  • Nov 16 Native Americans surrender to British in Indian War of Chief Pontiac
  • Nov 26 France bans Jesuit enorde