Decades: 1720s 1730s 1740s 1750s 1760s - 1770s - 1780s 1790s 1800s 1810s 1820s
Years: 1768 1769 1770 1771 1772 - 1773 - 1774 1775 1776 1777 1778
January 12 - The first American museum open to the public is opened in (Charleston, South Carolina).
January 17 - Captain James Cook becomes the first European explorer to cross the Antarctic Circle
April 27 or May 10 - The British Parliament passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade.
May 8 - Ali Bey dies of wounds received in a skirmish with Ottoman rebels
October 12 - America's first insane asylum opens for 'Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds' in Williamsburg, Virginia.
December 16 - Boston Tea Party
Antigua is destroyed by an earthquake
The capital of Guatemala is moved to Guatemala City
Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II expels Jesuits from the Empire, and Pope Clement XIV orders the dissolution of the Society of Jesus.
Baron de Morveau experiments with chlorine as a disinfectant
Daniel Boone leads some pioneers into Kentucky. "Native American Indians" attack, and Boone's son is killed
Hilaire Rouelle discovers urea
January 27 - Prince Augustus of Great Britain, later Duke of Sussex, sixth son of King George III
February 9 - William Henry Harrison, President of the United States (+ 1841)
May 15 - Prince Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, statesman (+ 1859)
May 19 - Arthur Aikin, English chemist and mineralogist
July 5 - Prince Louis of Bourbon-Parma, later King of Etruria
October 6 - Louis Philippe, Duc de Chartres, later Duc d'Orleans and King of the French.
December 27 - Sir George Cayley, English aviation pioneer.
February 20 - King Charles Emmanuel III of Savoy
May 8 - Ali Bey
July 23 - George Edwards, naturalist (* 1693)
Heads of states
China - Qianlong Emperor of China, Qing Dynasty (reigned from October 18, 1735 to February 9, 1796)
France - Louis XV King of France (1715-1774)
Holy See - Clement XIV pope (1769-1774)
Prussia - Frederick II King of Prussia (1740-1786)
Spain - Charles III King of Spain (1759-1788)
Sweden - Gustav III King of Sweden (1771-1792)\n
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