Year 1772 in History

Events in History

  • Jun 22 Somerset v Stewart court case finds slavery unsupported by English common law, encouraging the abolitionist movement
  • Jul 13 Captain James Cook begins his second voyage to the South Seas aboard the Resolution to search for Terra Australis (Southern continent)
  • Aug 21 King Gustav III of Sweden completes a coup d'etat by adopting a new Constitution and installing himself as an enlightened despot, ending 50 years of parliamentary rule
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Historical Figures Who Died in 1772

  • Feb 8 Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Princess of Wales by marriage to Frederick, Prince of Wales, dies at 52
  • Feb 10 Joseph Wenzel I, Prince of Liechtenstein and general, dies at 75
  • Feb 18 Johann Hartwig Ernst, Count von Bernstorff, Danish statesman (b. 1712)
  • Mar 2 Robert J Pothier, French lawyer, dies at 73
  • Mar 21 Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, French cartographer (b. 1703)

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