On This Day

1760 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 8 Comet C/1760 A1 (Great comet) approaches within 0.0682 AUs of Earth
  • Jan 9 Afghans defeat Marathas in battle of Barari Ghat
  • Jan 22 Battle at Wandewash India: British troops beat French
  • Jan 28 Pownal, Vermont created by Benning Wentworth as one of the New Hampshire Grants
  • Feb 16 Native American hostages killed in Fort Prince George, South Carolina
  • Mar 20 Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings
  • Jun 4 Great Upheaval: New England planters arrive to claim land in Nova Scotia, Canada taken from the Acadians
  • Jun 10 NY passes 1st effective law regulating practice of medicine
  • Jun 23 Battle of Landshut Silesia: Austria beats Prussia
  • Jul 19 The formal request to found the later city of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico is filed by its founders
  • Jul 26 Austrian troops occupy Fort Glatz Silezie
  • Aug 7 Ft Loudon, Tennessee surrenders to Cherokee Indians
  • Aug 15 Battle at Leignitz: Prussia beats Austria & Russia
  • Aug 21 The church (later cathedral) of "Our Lady of Candlemas of Mayagüez (Puerto Rico)" is founded, establishing the basis for the founding of the city.
  • Sep 8 French army surrenders Montreal to General Jeffrey Amherst
  • Sep 28 Russian & Austrian army occupies Berlin
  • Oct 2 Russian and Austrian army evacuates Berlin [NS=10/13]
  • Oct 9 7 Years' War: Russian and Austrian forces occupy Berlin [OS=Sep 28]
  • Oct 10 Suriname Colonial Regime signs treaty with Aukaners (ex-slaves)
  • Oct 13 Russian and Austrian army evacuates Berlin
  • Oct 23 First Jewish prayer books printed in North America

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 25 George III becomes King of Great Britain

King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover George III
King of Great Britain, Ireland and Hanover
George III
  • Nov 3 Battle at Torgau, Saxony: Prussia beats Austria
  • Nov 29 French commandant Beletre surrenders Detroit to Maj R Rogers
  • Dec 25 Jupiter Hammon, an African American slave, composes poetry broadside "An Evening Thought" (1st poetry published by an African American 1761)

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 3 John Storm, American Revolutionary soldier (d. 1835)
  • Feb 14 Richard Allen, 1st African American ordained by Methodist-Episcopal church, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1831)
  • Mar 1 François Nicolas Leonard Buzot, French revolutionary (d. 1794)
  • Mar 2 Camille Desmoulins, French journalist/pamphleteer/revolution leader
  • Mar 28 Thomas Clarkson, English abolitionist (Negro Emancipation), born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England (d. 1846)
  • May 10 Johann Peter Hebel, German writer (Allemannische Gedichte), born in Basel (d. 1826)
  • Jun 5 Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist (discovered yttrium), born in Turku, Finland (d. 1852)
  • Jun 26 Johan I Jozef, Monarch of Liechtenstein and fieldmarshal, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1836)
  • Jul 8 Christian Kramp, French mathematician (d. 1826)
  • Aug 22 Leo XII [Annibale Sermattei], Italian Pope (1823-29), born in Genga, Marche, Italy (d. 1829)
  • Sep 15 Bogislav Friedrich Emanuel von Tauentzien, Prussian general of the Napoleonic Wars, born in Potsdam, Brandenburg (d. 1824)
  • Sep 21 Ivan Dmitriev, Russian statesman and poet, born in Simbirsk, Russian Empire (d. 1837)
  • Oct 1 William Beckford, British writer (Epsiodes of Vathek), born in Soho Square, London (d. 1844)
  • Oct 27 August Neidhardt von Gneisenau, Prussian field marshal, born in Schildau, Saxony (d. 1831)
  • Nov 8 Jean-Baptiste Dumonceau, Dutch general, born in Brussels, Austrian Netherlands (d. 1821)
  • Nov 13 Jiaqing, 5th Emperor of Qing Dynasty, born in Beijing (d. 1820)
  • Nov 23 Gracchus Babeuf, French utopian socialist (Tribun du Peuple)
  • Dec 2 John Breckinridge, American lawyer (5th United States Attorney General) and politician (U.S. Senator from Kentucky), born in Augusta County, Virginia (d. 1806)
  • Dec 18 Knud L Rahbek, Danish literary (Om sku skuespillerkunsten)

Weddings in History

  • Mar 5 Princess Carolina marries Gen Charles Christian van Nassau-Weilburg

Deaths in History

  • Apr 10 Gerard George Clifford, head of East-Indian Company, dies at 75
  • Apr 10 Jean Lebeuf, French historian, dies at 1760
  • Apr 16 Laurence, 4th Earl Ferrers, executed for murder of his steward
  • May 9 Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf und Pottendorf, Austrian-born German religious & social reformer, dies at 59
  • May 15 Alaungpaya, King of Burma (b. 1711)
  • May 22 Israel ben Eliezer, Polish-born mystical rabbi (b. 1700)
  • Jun 12 Antoine Court, French minister and itinerant preacher in the Reformed church who restored Protestantism to France, dies at 69
  • Jul 13 Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania's ambassador to the Native Americans, dies at 63
  • Sep 11 Louis Godin, French astronomer (b. 1704)

Person of interestGeorge II

Oct 25 George II [Georg August], King of Great Britain and Ireland, Elector of Hanover, dies at 76

King of Great Britain and Ireland George II
King of Great Britain and Ireland
George II
  • Dec 14 Kacic Miosic, Croatian poet (Razgovar Ugodni Naroda Slovinskoga), dies at 56