1766 in History – What happened in year 1766

In history, year 1766 has its own importance and known for many memorable events like famous birthdays, inventions, natural disaster, treaties, change of rulers, special days etc. Find below a list of important historical events which happened during the year 1766.

Top Historical Events of the Year 1766:

Date/MonthEvent / Incidence / Incident
18 februaryA mutiny by captive Madagascans began at sea on the slave ship Meermin, leading to the ship's destruction, and subsequent rulings in the Dutch East India Company's Council of Justice were a 'huge step in the recognition of oppressed people as free-thinking individuals.'
10 novemberWilliam Franklin, the last Royal Governor of New Jersey, signedthe charter establishing Queen's College, now known as RutgersUniversity.
14 JanuaryChristian VII became king of Denmark.
13 FebruaryJohn Mills was elected a fellow of the Royal Society with Benjamin Franklin as his sponsor.
05 MarchAntonio de Uloo, the first Spanish governor of Louisiana, came to New Orleans.
08 AprilThe wicker basket was patented on the first fire escape belt, winch and chain.
09 MayJohn Burn returned to England after traveling around the world.
09 JulyBritish Premier Rockinghouse resigned.
30 OctoberSt. Paul's Chapel in New York was consecrated.
25 NovemberPope Clement XIII warned on the dangers of anti-Christian writings.
05 DecemberJames Christie made Christie's auction first sale in a London home.


Famous birthdays in the year 1766:

Date/MonthName / Profession / Country
02 NovemberJoseph Radetzky von Radetz / Field Marshal / Austria
03 AugustAaron Chorin / Author / Hungary
06 SeptemberJohn Dalton / Chemist / United Kingdom
06 JulyAlexander Wilson / Poet / United States of America
06 AugustWilliam Hyde Wollaston / Chemist / United Kingdom
06 AprilWilhelm von Kobell / Painter / Germany
07 JulyGuillaume Philibert Duhesme / General / France
08 JulyDominique Jean Larrey / Surgeon / France
10 February Benjamin Smith Barton / Physician / United States of America
12 DecemberNikolay Karamzin / Poet / Russia
13 February Thomas Robert Malthus / Scholar / United Kingdom
17 AprilCollin McKinney / Merchant / United States of America
22 AprilGermaine de Staël / Author / France
23 OctoberEmmanuel de Grouchy / General / France
23 DecemberWilhelm Hisinger / Physicist / Sweden
25 SeptemberArmand-Emmanuel de Vignerot du Plessis / Politician / France
29 DecemberCharles Macintosh / Chemist / Scotland

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