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Centuries: 17th century - 18th century - 19th century
- February 17 - First partition of Poland, by Russia and Prussia, later including Austria
- August 5 - First Partition of Poland begins.
- September 1 - Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa founded in San Luis Obispo, California.
- November 2 - American Revolutionary War: Samuel Adams and Joseph Warren form the first Committee of Correspondence.
Year in topic
- March 10 - Friedrich von Schlegel, aesthetician, poet, and publicist (+ 1829)
- April 7 - Charles Fourier, French philosopher (+ 1837)
- April 19 - David Ricardo, British Economist (+ 1823)
- May 2 - Novalis, German poet (+ 1801)
- May 20 - William Congreve, British rocket pioneer.
- May 22 - Ram Mohan Roy, Hindu religious and social reformer
- June 6 - Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, later wife of Emperor Francis II
- August 2 - Louis Antoine de Bourbon-Condé, Duc d'Enghien
- August 24 - Prince William VI of Orange, later King William I of the Netherlands
- October 21 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, English poet, philosopher, (+ 1834)
- November 23 - Duke Augustus of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
- Tuanku Imam Bonjol, Indonesian religious and military leader
- February 8 - Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, Dowager Princess of Wales.
- March 26 - Charles Pinot Duclos, French writer (born 1704)
- March 29 - Emanuel Swedenborg, Swedish philosopher and mathematician (born 1668)
- September 30 - James Brindley, British canal builder (born 1716)
- October 7 - John Woolman, American Quaker (born 1720)
- Jean Joseph de Mondonville, French violinist and composer (born 1711)
- William Borlase, English antiquary (born 1695)
- Louis Claude Daquin, French composer (born 1694)
- Samuel Scott, English painter (born 1702)
- Georg Reutter, Austrian composer (born 1708)
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)