Compiled by Sara E. Lewis
From an index to the Virginia Gazette, produced in 1950 by Lester J. Cappon and Stella F. Duff of the Institute of Early American History and Culture (Omohundro Institute) with additional Gloucester (including Kingston Parish) material not captured by the indexers. Annual lists of world events put local listings in context. Please review primary source material before citing.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

1753 Events from Around the World

In 1753, Daniel Boone's family moves to North Carolina, where he lives until young adulthood.

On March 10, a bell for the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall), ordered from Whitechapel Foundry, London, England, is hung. Isaac Norris writes, "I had the mortification to hear that it was cracked by a stroke of the clapper without any other viollence [sic] as it was hung up to try the sound." The cause of the break is attributed to flaws in its casting or brittle metal.

On March 17, the first official St. Patrick's Day is celebrated.

On June 7, the British Museum Act passed, which leads to the most significant collection of antiquities in the world.

On July 7, the British Parliament grants citizenship to Jews.