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Notable Historical Events - 1774

1774John Hancock delivers the fourth annual Massacre Day oration, a commemoration of the Boston Massacre, and denounces the presence of British troops in Boston, enhancing Hancock's stature as a leading Patriot

1774Founder of the Shaker Movement, Mother Ann Lee, arrives in NY

1774 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 11
Messier adds M51 (spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici) to his catalog 
Jan 30
Captain Cook reaches 71°10' south, 1820km from south pole (record) 
Feb 10
Andrew Becker demonstrates diving suit 
Feb 22
British House of Lords rules authors do not have perpetual copyright 
Mar 4
First sighting of Orion nebula (William Herschel) 
Mar 5
John Hancock delivers the fourth annual Massacre Day oration, a commemoration of the Boston Massacre, and denounces the presence of British troops in Boston, enhancing Hancock's stature as a leading Patriot 
Mar 7
British close port of Boston to all commerce 
Mar 25
British Parliament passes Boston Port Bill 
Mar 28
Britain passes Coercive Act against Massachusetts 
Apr 19
CW Glucks opera "Iphigenia in Aulis" premieres in Paris 
Apr 30
Pope Clement XIV proclaims a universal jubilee 
May 10
Louis XVI ascends to throne of France 
May 20
Britain gives Quebec, Labrador & territory north of Ohio 
May 23
Chestertown tea party occurs (tea dumped into Chester River) 
May 28
1st Continental Congress convenes (Virginia) 
Jun 1
Boston Port Bill: British government orders Port of Boston closed 
Jun 2
Intolerable Acts: Amendment to original Quartering Act enacted, allowed governor in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings if suitable quarters not provided. 
Jun 11
Jews of Algiers escape attacking Spanish Army 
Jun 13
Rhode Island becomes first colony to prohibit importation of slaves 
Jun 16
Formation of Harrodsburg, Kentucky. 
Jun 22
British parliament accepts Quebec Act 
Jul 4
Orangetown Resolutions adopted in the Province of New York, one of many protests against the British Parliament's Coercive Acts 
Jul 12
Citizens of Carlisle Penn, pass a declaration of independence 
Jul 12
Cossack leader Emilian Pugachevs army occupies Kazan 
Jul 17
Captain Cook arrives in the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) 
Jul 21
Russo-Turkish War, 1768-1774: Russia and the Ottoman Empire sign Treaty of Kuchuk-Kainarji ending the war. 
Aug 1
Joseph Priestley, English theologian, chemist and author discovers oxygen 
Aug 6
Founder of the Shaker Movement, Mother Ann Lee, arrives in NY 
Aug 10
1st Surinam newspaper (1st Wednesday Suriname) begins publishing 
Sep 5
1st Continental Congress assembles at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Sep 15
Cossack Emilian Pugachev captured 
Oct 14
1st Continental Congress makes Declaration of Colonial Rights in Philadelphia 
Oct 20
Continental Congress orders discouragment of entertainment 
Oct 21
First display of the word "Liberty" on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America. 
Oct 26
First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia 
Oct 26
Minute Men organized in colonies 
Dec 13
1st incident of American Revolution - 400 attack Ft William and Mary, New Hampshire 
Dec 14
Portsmouth, New Hampshire militiamen successfully attacked arsenal of Ft William & Mary 
Dec 18
Empress Maria Theresa expels Jews from Prague, Bohemia & Moravia 
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