On This Day

Historical Events in 1766

  • Feb 11 Stamp Act declared unconstitutional in Virginia
  • Feb 14 Dutch governor Falck and King Keerthisiri Rajasinghe of Kandy sign Treaty of Batticaloa
  • Mar 5 Don Antonio de Ulloa takes possession of Louisiana Territory from the French
  • Mar 8 Willem V (18) becomes governor of United Provinces
  • Mar 18 Britain repeals the Stamp Act, which had caused outrage in colonial America and helped lead to the American Revolution
  • Apr 8 1st fire escape patented, wicker basket on a pulley & chain
  • May 9 John Byron back in England after trip around the world
  • Jul 9 British premier Marquess of Rockingham resigns
  • Jul 18 Society of the Dutch Literary forms
  • Oct 30 St. Paul's Chapel in New York is consecrated
  • Nov 10 The last Colonial governor of New Jersey, William Franklin, signs the charter of Queen's College (later renamed Rutgers University).
  • Nov 25 Pope Clement XIII warns On dangers of anti-Christian writings
  • Dec 5 World's largest auction house - Christie's hold their first sale in their permanent saleroom in Pall Mall, London