Historical Events in 1771

  • Jan 22 Spain cedes Falkland Islands to Britain
  • Feb 12 Gustav III becomes the King of Sweden.
  • Feb 16 Messier presents his original list of 45 M-objects to French Academy
  • Feb 19 Messier adds M46-M49 to his catalog (galactic clusters in Puppis & Hydra & galaxy in Virgo)
  • May 7 Samuel Hearne explores Copper Mine River of Canada
  • May 16 The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called "The Regulators", occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.

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Jun 2 "Armida", an operatic 'dramma per musica' by Antonio Salieri debuts at the Vienna Burgtheater

Composer Antonio Salieri
Antonio Salieri

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Jul 12 James Cook sails Endeavour back to Downs, England

Explorer James Cook
James Cook
Botanist and explorer Joseph Banks
Botanist and explorer
Joseph Banks
  • Jul 14 Mission San Antonio de Padua founded in California
  • Jul 31 Paul Potters "Great ossendrift" sold for Ÿ9050 in Amsterdam
  • Sep 8 Mission San Gabriel Archangel forms in California

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Sep 26 Denis Diderot's "Le Fils Naturel" premieres in Paris

Enlightenment Philosopher Denis Diderot
Enlightenment Philosopher
Denis Diderot
  • Oct 9 The Dutch merchant ship Vrouw Maria sinks near the coast of Finland.
  • Nov 4 Carlo Goldoni's "Le Bourru Bienfaisant" premieres in Paris
  • Nov 16 West Indian Company & Amsterdam divide up Suriname