Category Archives: 18th Century

Historical Facts from 1701 to 1800 CE

January 11, 1770

On January 11, 1770, the first shipment of rhubarb was sent to the United States from London, England. The English had obviously decided that the Americans weren’t suffering enough being a colony and needed to be forced to eat a … Continue reading

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December 22, 1731

On December 22, 1731, the Dutch people revolted against their government because of a tax on meat. This is something you’ll never hear citizens doing when broccoli or cauliflower is taxed. In fact, most citizens would be grateful if our … Continue reading

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December 16, 1773

On December 16, 1773, American protesters dressed as Indians and threw tea shipments into the Boston Harbor in protest against the British Tea Act. Native Americans critiqued the protest and said they wouldn’t have worn feathers and bright clothing. Instead … Continue reading

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December 14, 1799

On December 14, 1799 First American President George Washington died after a very, brief illness. What killed him? No one is sure. On December 13th he was healthy and on December 14th he was dead. He was seen by his … Continue reading

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December 3, 1736

On December 3, 1736, Anders Celsius, the Swedish astronomer, physicist, mathematician and inventor of the Celsius thermometer, took measurements that confirmed Newton’s theory that the Earth was an ellipsoid instead of the previously accepted sphere and the previously, previously never … Continue reading

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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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