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1772Captain James Cook begins 2nd voyage aboard the Resolution to the South Seas to search for Terra Australis (Southern continent)

1772 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 1
First traveler's cheques go on sale in London, can be used in 90 European cities 
Feb 12
Yves de Kerguelen of France discovers Kerguelen Archipelago, India 
Feb 17
1st partition of Poland-Russia & Prussia, joined later by Austria 
Mar 13
Gotthold Lessing's "Emilia Calotti" premieres in Brunswick 
Apr 30
John Clais patents 1st scale 
May 11
Amsterdam theater destroyed by fire, 18 killed 
Jun 6
Haitian explorer Jean Baptiste-Pointe Dusable settles Chicago 
Jun 9
1st Protestant church west of Penn (in Ohio) holds communion 
Jun 9
1st naval attack of Revolutionary War takes place in Providence, RI 
Jun 10
Burning of British revenue cutter Gaspée by Rhode Islanders 
Jun 12
Marion du Fresne is killed at Tacoury's Cove, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, by local Māori 
Jun 22
Somerset v Stewart UK court case finds slavery unsupported by English common law, encourages abolitionist movement 
Jul 13
Captain James Cook begins 2nd voyage aboard the Resolution to the South Seas to search for Terra Australis (Southern continent) 
Aug 5
1st partition of Poland, between Austria, Prussia & Russia 
Aug 11
Explosive eruption blows 4,000' off Papandayan Java, kills 3,000 
Aug 19
Gustav III seizes effective control of Swedish government & restores full power of monarchy, which had been subordinate to parliament since 1720 
Aug 21
King Gustav III completes his coup d'etat by adopting a new Constitution, ending half a century of parliamentary rule in Sweden and installing himself as an enlightened despot. 
Aug 31
Hurricane destroy ships off Dominica 
Sep 1
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa forms in California 
Sep 26
New Jersey passes bill requiring a license to practice medicine 
Oct 30
Captain Cook arrives with ship Resolution in Capetown 
Nov 2
Boston: anti-English Committee of Correspondence forms 
Dec 22
Moravian missionary constructs 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny 
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