< MDCCLXVIII = 1768 >
Events in 1768
|10 January:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1181 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|12 January:|| ||The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 11 days.|
|9 February:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|12 February:|| ||Francis II, the last Holy Roman emperor, is born in Florence.|
|16 February:|| ||The Royal Society petitions English king George III to finance an expedition to the Pacific to study the 1769 transit of Venus across the sun, resulting in the First voyage of James Cook.|
|18 February:|| ||This Chinese New Year the Pig makes room for the Year of the Rat.|
|2 April:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|3 April:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated Easter Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox as fixed by the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|17 April:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|22 May:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|8 June:|| ||Johann Winckelmann, German art historian, founding father of scientific archaeology, is murdered at age 50 while travelling in Trieste.|
|21 September:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|24 December:|| ||Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.|
|28 December:|| ||Taksin is crowned king of Siam at the Wang Derm Palace in Thonburi.|
|29 December:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1182 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
People in 1768
Voltaire, Daniel Bernoulli, Benjamin Franklin, Leonhard Euler, Carolus Linnaeus, Carlo Goldoni, Louis XV, Ruđer Bošković, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Denis Diderot, Thomas Gray, Thomas Chippendale, Adam Smith, John Smeaton, Immanuel Kant, James Cook, Catherine the Great, Josiah Wedgwood, Charles Messier, George Washington, Joseph Haydn, Taksin, James Watt, Rama I, Joseph-Louis Lagrange, Edward Gibbon, John Hancock, William Herschel, Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, Thomas Jefferson, Antoine Lavoisier, Eise Eisinga, Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier, Johann Christian Fabricius, Alessandro Volta, Jacques Charles, Giuseppe Piazzi, Francisco Goya, Jacques-Louis David, Edward Jenner, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, James Madison, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, Louis XVI, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, Marie Antoinette, Ernst Chladni, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gilbert du Motier, William Blake, Maximilien Robespierre, Horatio Nelson, Friedrich Schiller, Robert Burns, Luigi Cherubini, Marie Tussaud, Joseph Niépce and Robert Fulton celebrated their birthday this year.
The year 1768 was a leap year starting on a Friday, just like 1672, 1712 and 1740 in the century before it and 1796, 1808, 1836 and 1864 in the next.
The coloured days highlight
other historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and
icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.
The normal calendar page for the current /year?2017 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.
URL: < http://4umi.com/year?1768 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 27 May 2017.