1772 in History
January 1 1st traveller's checks issued (London)
February 12 Yves de Kerguelen of France discovers Kerguelen Archipelago, India
February 17 1st partition of Poland-Russia and Prussia, joined later by Austria
March 13 Gotthold Lessing's "Emilia Calotti," premieres in Brunswick
April 30 John Clais patents 1st scale
May 11 Amsterdam theater destroyed by fire, 18 killed
June 6 Haitian explorer Jean Baptiste-Pointe Dusable settles Chicago
June 9 1st naval attack of Revolutionary War takes place in Providence, RI
June 9 1st Protestant church west of Penn (in Ohio) holds communion
June 10 Burning of Gaspee, British revenue cutter, by Rhode Islanders
June 22 Slavery outlawed in England
July 13 Captain James Cook begins 2nd trip (Resolution) to South Seas
August 5 1st partition of Poland, between Austria, Prussia and Russia
August 11 Explosive eruption blows 4,000' off Papandayan Java, kills 3,000
August 19 Gustav III seizes effective control of Swedish government and restores full power of monarchy, which had been subordinate to parliament since 1720
August 31 Hurricane destroy ships off Dominica
September 1 Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa forms in California
September 26 New Jersey passes bill requiring a license to practice medicine
October 30 Captain Cook arrives with ship Resolution in Capetown
November 2 Boston: anti-English Committee of Correspondence forms
December 22 Moravian missionary constructs 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny