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Born in Boston, Jan. 17 (Jan. 6, 1705, O. S.). 1706 The French and Spanish invade Carolina and
are repulsed. 1707 Union of England and Scotland under the
name of Great Britain. 1708 Birth of William Pitt (the elder). 1710 Port Royal captured by an English fleet; its
name changed to Annapolis (Nova Scotia).
1711 The Spectator begins publication.
1714 Queen Anne dies, and George I. accedes to Taken out of school to assist his father.
the British throne.
1714 8 1716 10
1718 12 Becomes an apprentice in his brother James's
governor of Pennsylvania.
of a merchant.
of Great Britain. 1729 23 Publishes The Pennsylvania Gazette in part- 1729 Carolina divided into North and South Caronership with Hugh Meredith.
1732 George Washington born, Feb. 22 (Feb. 11,
Appointed postmaster at Philadelphia.
1745 Siege and capture of Louisburg by colonial
troops and a few English vessels.
Second Jacobite rebellion.
tain and France, restoring Cape Breton to
Formation of the Ohio Company. 1749 43 Founds the Academy and Charitable School
CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE (continued).
EVENTS OF FRANKLIN'S LIFE.
1730 24 Marries Deborah Read (Rogers), Sept. 1.
1733 Settlement of Georgia.
to to of the Province of Pennsylvania, which 1751 | 45
finally became the University of Pennsyl
1752 | 46 |Proves lightning to be a discharge of elec-1752 Reformed or Gregorian calendar adopted by tricity, by experimenting with a kite.
Parliament for England and the colonies.
master-general of the colonies.
Braddock's expedition against Fort Du- Braddock's Defeat, July 9.
quesne. 1757 | 51 Sent to London as agent for the Province of
Pennsylvania in its dispute with the Penn family.
1758 Capture of Louisburg by the English. 1759 53 Receives the degree of Doctor of Laws from 1759 Defeat of the French and death of Wolfe and the University of St. Andrews at Edinburgh. Montcalm, in the Battle of the Plains of
Abraham, at Quebec, Sept. 13. Surrender
of Quebec, Sept. 18.
cre converted Indians. 1764 58 Again goes to London as colonial agent for Pennsylvania
1765 | The Stamp Act passed, in March.
Gives important testimony in regard to the 1766 The Stamp Act repealed, in March.
1767 Duty imposed by the British Parliament on
glass, paper, painters' colors, and tea im
ported into the colonies. Appointed agent for Massachusetts in Eng- 1770 The Boston Massacre, March 5. land.
Act of Parliament repealing duty on paper,
glass, and painters' colors, but retaining
that on tea (March). Writes first part of his Autobiography.
1773 Boston Tea Party, Dec. 16. 1774 Passage of the Boston Port Bill.
The Continental Congress meets, at Philadel
Washington takes command of the American
1776 Evacuation of Boston by the British, March
Adoption of the Declaration of Independence, Elected by Congress a member of the com
mittee of five to frame a declaration of in
Battle of Trenton, Dec. 26.
1777 Burgoyne's surrender, Oct. 17.
The Articles of Confederation agreed upon in
1779 Battle of Stony Point, July 16.
John Paul Jones in the “ Bonhomme Richard”
captures the British man-of-war “ Serapis
after a desperate battle.
chery of Benedict Arnold, and André is
hanged as a spy.
1782 Preliminary articles of peace between Great
Britain and the United States signed at
cepted by Congress, and he returns to