Category Archives: 18th Century

Historical Facts from 1701 to 1800 CE

July 4, 1776

On July 4, 1776, the amended Declaration of Independence, prepared by Thomas Jefferson, was approved and signed by John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress of America. Why was Thomas Jefferson drafted to write the Declaration of Independence instead … Continue reading

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May 25, 1721

On May 25, 1721, John Copson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania became America’s first insurance agent. At that time, shipping was very important, so Copson offered insurance on ships and their cargo. He did have exemptions for shipwrecks caused by mermaids, kraken, … Continue reading

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May 23, 1785

On May 23, 1785, US Founding Father and inventor Benjamin Franklin announced that he had invented bifocals, which were glasses that would allow a person to see both far away and up close. He also announced that for $18.99, he … Continue reading

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May 20, 1774

On May 20, 1774, Britain passed the Coercive Acts to punish the American colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior. All American colonists were immediately prohibited from drinking coffee. Tea was to be the caffeinated beverage of choice. Also, rum was … Continue reading

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April 16, 1705

On April 16, 1705, Queen Anne of England knighted Isaac Newton for his contributions to math and science that brought prestige and acclaim to the British Empire. The now “Sir” Isaac Newton showed nerds worldwide that hot chicks could also … Continue reading

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April 8, 1766

On April 8, 1766, the first fire escape was supposedly patented. There is a rudimentary drawing that showed a wicker basket attached to a rope and pulley system that would allow people to lower themselves to the ground from a … Continue reading

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April 6, 1722

On April 6, 1722, Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia ended the beard tax that he imposed back in 1698. He imposed the tax, along with other measures to modernize Russia so it could compete with the Englands, Frances, and … Continue reading

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April 3, 1776

On April 3, 1776, George Washington received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard College. While honored, George Washington almost declined it, as he was waiting to hear back from the Art Instruction School. He’d read an ad in … Continue reading

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March 31, 1776

On March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams, the wife of future President and Founding Father, John Adams, wrote to her husband that women were “determined to foment a rebellion” if the new Declaration of Independence failed to guarantee their rights. Well, … Continue reading

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March 27, 1794

On March 27, 1794, Denmark and Sweden formed a neutrality compact. Off to the side, Switzerland noticed what they were doing and thought to itself. “Hmmm. If I was to add a high quality milk chocolate and a highly confidential … Continue reading

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