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Year 1768 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 9 John Hancock refuses to allow two British customs agents to go below deck of his ship, considered by some to be the first act of physical resistance to British authority in the colonies
  • Aug 25 Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England, on his first voyage on board the Endeavour, bound for the Pacific Ocean
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Historical Figures Born in 1768

  • Jan 7 Joseph Bonaparte, French King of Naples and Spain, brother of Napoleon, born in Corte, Corsica (d. 1844)
  • Jan 10 James Varicick, founder and first bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, born in Newburgh, New York (d. 1827)
  • Jan 28 Frederick VI, Danish king (1808-39); lost Norway to Sweden (1814)
  • Feb 4 Maurits C van Hall, Dutch ruler of Heicop & Boeicop, lawyer/politician
  • Feb 12 Francis II, Florence Italy, last Holy Roman emperor (1792-1806)

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