On This Day

Events in History in 1756

  • Jan 16 Britain & Prussia sign Treaty of Westminster
  • Mar 17 St. Patrick's Day is first celebrated in NYC at the Crown & Thistle Tavern
  • Apr 14 Governor Glen of South Carolina protests against 900 Acadia indians
  • May 1 France and Austria sign alliance
  • May 17 Britain declares war on France (7 Years' or French & Indian War)
  • May 18 Great Britain declares war on France at the start of the Seven Years' War
  • Jun 4 Quakers leave assembly of Pennsylvania
  • Jun 20 Black Hole of Calcutta: 146 British soldiers, Anglo-Indian soldiers and Indian civilians are imprisoned in a small dungeon in Calcutta, India where most die from suffocation and heat exhaustion
  • Jun 20 Siraj ud-Daulah Nawab of Bengal takes Calcutta from the British
  • Jun 27 French fleet conquer St Philips Castle of Minorca
  • Jul 30 Bartolomeo Rastrelli presents the newly-built Catherine Palace to Empress Elizabeth and her courtiers in Russia
  • Aug 14 French capture Fort Oswego, NY
  • Aug 29 England & France meet in war
  • Aug 29 Prussian Libya occupies Saxson: beginning 7 years War
  • Sep 8 French and Indian War: Kittanning Expedition.
  • Sep 22 Nassau Hall opens at Princeton University
  • Oct 15 Saxon army surrenders to Prussia

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Oct 31 Giacomo Casanova escapes from prison in Venice by climbing onto the roof

Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover Giacomo Casanova
Adventurer, Writer and famous Lover
Giacomo Casanova
  • Dec 6 British troops under Robert Clive occupy Fulta, India
  • Dec 31 Russia joins the Alliance of Versailles