Category Archives: 18th Century

Historical Facts from 1701 to 1800 CE

September 26, 1772

On September 26, 1772, the colony of New Jersey passed the first law in the Americas to license medical practitioners. Except those who did not charge for their services or those who only bled people to reduce the amount of … Continue reading

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September 15, 1775

On September 15, 1775, an early and unofficial American flag was raised by Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Mott after capturing Fort Johnson from the British. The flag was dark blue with the white words “Send Nudez” spelled on it. This was … Continue reading

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September 1, 1715

On September 1, 1715, King Louis XIV of France died, after a reign of 72 years, the longest of any major European monarch. The French people and his successors thought he was never going to die. In fact, he outlived … Continue reading

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August 25, 1718

On August 25, 1718, France deposited hundreds of colonists in Louisiana. Some even settled in present-day, New Orleans. The colonists in New Orleans immediately began showing their boobs to strangers for beads. This didn’t really catch on with the tourists … Continue reading

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August 24, 1751

On August 24, 1751, Englishman Thomas Colley was executed for drowning a witch. Colley was one of the leaders of a mob that seized an elderly couple, John and Ruth Osborne, from a workhouse in Tring, Hertfordshire and accused them … Continue reading

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August 4, 1735

On August 4, 1735, John Peter Zenger was acquitted of seditious libel. The royal governor of New York had brought the charges from an article written by Mr. Zenger in the New York Weekly Journal. His jury stated that “the … Continue reading

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August 2, 1791

On August 2, 1791, Americans Samuel Briggs and his son, Samuel Briggs, Jr., received a joint patent for their nail-making machine. They were the first father-son pair to receive an American patent. They really nailed it for the father-son contribution … Continue reading

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August 1, 1715

On August 1, 1715, the First Doggett’s Coat and Badge race was held on the Thames River in London, England. This is the longest continuously run rowing race in the world. The first race was run by the waterman (think … Continue reading

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July 31, 1703

On July 31, 1703, English writer, Daniel DeFoe was placed in a pillory for the crime of publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, ‘The Shortest Way with the Dissenters’. The pamphlet was written as though a rabid, bigoted High Anglican zealot. … Continue reading

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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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