Year 1764 in History

Events in History

  • 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 is thrown out of English House of Commons for his "Essay on Women"
  • Apr 3 Austrian Archduke Jozef crowned himself Holy Roman Emperor Josef II
  • Apr 5 British Parliament passes the Sugar Tax on the American colonies, introduced by 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
  • 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
  • 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
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Historical Marriages

  • Aug 5 Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II (17) weds queen Maria Luisa of Spain (18) in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Oct 25 Future 2nd American President John Adams (28) weds Abigail Smith (19) in Weymouth, Massachusetts (marriage lasts 54 years)

Historical Figures Who Died in 1764

  • Mar 6 Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, Lord Chancellor of England, dies at 73
  • Mar 17 George Parker, English astronomer, dies
  • Apr 15 Madame de Pompadour, French mistress of King Louis XV of France, dies of tuberculosis at 42
  • Apr 15 Peder Horrebow, Danish astronomer who invented the Horrebow-Talcott Method, a method to determine a location's latitude from the stars, dies at 84
  • May 3 Francesco Algarotti, Italian art collector and encyclopedist (Viaggio in Russia), dies at 53

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