Historical Events for Year 1768
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Jan 9th - Philip Astley stages the first modern circus in London.
Feb 11th - Samuel Adams letter, circulates around American colonies, opposing Townshend Act taxes
Feb 15th - 1st mustard manufactured in America advertised, Philadelphia
Feb 20th - 1st American chartered fire insurance company opens (Penn)
Apr 5th - 1st US Chamber of Commerce forms (NYC)
Apr 9th - John Hancock refuses to allow two British customs agents to go below deck of his ship, considered by some to be the first act of physical resistance to British authority in the colonies
May 9th - John Hancock pays duties on 25 pipes of wine, only one fourth of his ship's carrying capacity, and British officials accuse him of unloading the rest during the night to avoid paying the duties on the entire cargo
May 10th - John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for The North Briton severely criticizing King George III. This action provokes rioting in London.
Jun 10th - British customs officials seize John Hancock's ship, "The Liberty", on the suspicion that Hancock had illegally unloaded cargo without paying duties a month earlier
Jun 21st - 1st US bachelor of medicine degree (Dr John Archer)
Statesman John Hancock Jul 7th - Firm of Johann Buddenbrook founded, in Thomas Mann's novel
Jul 18th - Boston Gazette publishes "Liberty Song", America's 1st patriotic song
Aug 19th - Saint Isaac's Cathedral is founded in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Aug 25th - Captain James Cook departs from Plymouth, England on his first voyage, on board the Endeavour, bound for the Pacific Ocean
Oct 1st - British troops under General Gauge land in Boston
Oct 30th - First Methodist church in North American colonies initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC)
Dec 1st - The slave ship Fredensborg sinks off Tromøy in Norway.
Dec 6th - 1st edition of "Encyclopedia Brittanica" published (Scotland)