18th Century Timeline

1231-1808
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Papal Inquisition
   
1478-1834
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Torquemada's Spanish Inquisition
   
1689-1702
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Reign of King William III and Queen Mary II (Stuart)
   
1700-1721
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Great Northern War
   
1701
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Captain William Kidd hung for piracy
   
1701-1713
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War of Spanish Succession
   
1702-1714
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Reign of Queen Anne (Stuart)
   
1707
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Mount Fujiyama erupts
   
1712
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Last execution for witchcraft in England
   
1712
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Slave revolts in New York
   
1714
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Witch trials abolished in Prussia
   
1714-1727
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Reign of King George I (Hanover)
   
1714
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Farenheit invents mercury thermometer
   
1716
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Christian teaching forbidden in China
   
1718
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Peter the Great has son and heir murdered
   
1718
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New Orleans founded
   
1718
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Spain seizes Sicily (from Savoy)
   
1721
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Rifles brought to America by the Swiss
   
1722
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Samoa and Easter island discovered by Dutch
   
1727-1760
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Reign of King George II (Hanover)
   
1727
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Quakers demand abolition of slavery
   
1729
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Opium smoking prohibited in China
   
1733-1735
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War of Polish Succession
   
1736
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English statutes against witchcraft repealed
   
1740-1748
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Austrian war of the succession
   
1741
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Slave revolt in New York, 2nd uprising
   
1742
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Celsius invents Centigrade thermometer
   
1743
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1st settlement in S. Dakota
   
1745
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Electrical Capacitor (Leyden Jar)
   
1749
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Sign Language for deaf-mutes
   
1752
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Britain and its colonies adopt Gregorian calendar
   
1752
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Benjamin Franklin invents the lightning rod
   
1754-1763
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French-Indian war
   
1755
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Lisbon earthquake - 30,000 dead
   
1756-1763
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Seven years war
   
1758
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Halley's Comet (1st predicted appearance)
   
1760
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Bifocals
   
1760-1820
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Reign of King George III (Hanover)
   
1765
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Steam Engine
   
1765
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HMS Victory launched
   
1770
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Boston Massacre - 5 people killed when British fire on mob
   
1772-1775
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Antarctica circumnavigated by James Cook
   
1772
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Judge Murray decrees that slaves are free on landing in England
   
1773
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Boston Tea Party
   
1774
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1st Continental Congress meets
   
1775-1783
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American Revolutionary War against the British
   
1775-1782
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British war in India
   
1776
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Declaration of Independence
   
1778
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Congress forbids import of slaves into America
   
1778
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France joins war against Britain
   
1780
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Benjamin Franklin discovers lightning is electricity
   
1781
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Uranus discovered
   
1783
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1st working hot air balloon
   
1784
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Thomas Jefferson's proposal to ban slavery defeated
   
1786
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First attempts at indoor lighting with gas (UK, Germany)
   
1786
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The Dollar is adopted
   
1787
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Delaware enters the union - 1st
   
1787
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Constitution is approved by the constitutional congress
   
1787
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New Jersey enters the union - 3rd
   
1787
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Pennsylvania enters the union - 2nd
   
1788
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Maryland enters the union - 7th
   
1788
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Georgia enters the union - 4th
   
1788
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Constitution goes into effect
   
1788
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South Carolina enters the union - 8th
   
1788
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Massachusetts enters the union - 6th
   
1788
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New Hampshire enters the union - 9th
   
1788
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New York enters the union - 11th
   
1788
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Virginia enters the union - 10th
   
1788
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Connecticut enters the union - 5th
   
1789
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US Army Established
   
1789-1796
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George Washington selected 1st President
   
1789
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North Carolina enters the union - 12th
   
1790
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Rhode Island enters the union - 13th
   
1790
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1st official US census
   
1790
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Coast Guard Established
   
1791
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Federal Bill of rights adopted
   
1791
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Vermont enters the union -14th
   
1792
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Denmark 1st to forbid trade in slaves
   
1792
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Kentucky enters the union - 15th
   
1792-1815
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Napoleonic war
   
1793
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Eli Whitney invents Cotton Gin
   
1793
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Marie Antoinette beheaded
   
1794
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US Post Office Established
   
1794
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Slavery abolished in French colonies
   
1794
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US Navy Established
   
1796-1800
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John Adams elected 2nd president of US
   
1796
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Vaccination against Smallpox
   
1796
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France's presses get right of free speech
   
1796
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Tennesee enters the union - 16th
   
1798
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Mississippi organized as a territory
   
1798
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Lithography
   
1798
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US Marine Corps Established
   
1798-1800
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Undeclared war with France
   
1799
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Rosetta Stone found
   
1800
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1st Battery (Volta)
   
1800-1809
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Thomas Jefferson elected president of US
   
1800
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Russia annexes Georgia
   
1800
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US capital moves from Philadelphia to Washington DC

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