Year 1769 in History

Events in History

  • Apr 13 British ship Endeavour captained by James Cook, arrives in Matavia Bay, Tahiti, with botanist Joseph Banks on board
  • Apr 22 Madame du Barry becomes French King Louis XV's "official" mistress
  • Apr 29 Scottish engineer James Watt's patent for a steam engine with a separate condenser enrolled (Patent 913)
  • Jun 4 A transit of Venus is followed five hours later by a total solar eclipse, the shortest such interval in history
  • Jun 7 American frontiersman Daniel Boone ascends Pilot Knob, setting sight on the fertile hunting grounds of what is now known as the Bluegrass Region of the State of Kentucky [exact date disputed]
  • Jun 17 Design of Madonnina statue chosen, symbol of the city of Milan that stands atop spire of the Cathedral, designed by sculptor Giuseppe Perego [1]
  • Jul 14 The de Portolá Expedition establishes a base in California, and sets out to find the Port of Monterey (now Monterey, California)
  • Jul 16 Father Junipero Serra founds Mission San Diego the 1st mission in California
  • Aug 18 A lightning strike on the Bastion of San Nazaro in Brescia, Italy, ignites 90 tonnes of gunpowder, killing 3,000 people
  • Oct 8 Captain James Cook lands in New Zealand at Poverty Bay on the East Coast of the North Island
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Historical Divorces

  • Mar 23 Augustus FitzRoy, English Duke of Grafton divorces the Duchess of Grafton, (formerly Hon. Anne Liddell) by an Act of Parliament

Historical Figures Who Died in 1769

  • Jan 18 Hakuin Ekaku, Zen teacher (reformer of Rinzai school), dies in Japan
  • Jan 24 François de Chevert, French general (b. 1695)
  • Feb 2 Clement XIII [Carlo Rezzonico], Pope (1758-69), dies at 75
  • Apr 3 Gerhard Tersteegen, German evangelist and poet (wrote in blood), dies at 71
  • Apr 20 Pontiac, Ottawa Indian leader, murdered by a Peoria warrior at 48 or 49

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