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1769 English cricket season
Events from the year 1769 in Great Britain. This year sees several key events in the Industrial Revolution.
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Monarch – George III
Prime Minister – Duke of Grafton (Whig)
21 January – First of the Letters of Junius, criticising the government, appears in the Public Advertiser.
February–April – John Wilkes is expelled from Parliament three times.
8 April – The Theatre Royal, York, reopens under this title having been granted a Royal Patent. (The manager, Tate Wilkinson, also obtains a patent for his theatre in Hull.)
13 April – First voyage of James Cook: James Cook arrives in Tahiti on the ship HM Bark Endeavour, preparing to observe the transit of the planet Venus, which takes place on 3 June. After the voyage, the data is found to be inaccurate in determining the distance between the Sun and Earth.
25 April–27 May – First Royal Academy summer exhibition held.
29 April – James Watt is granted a British patent for “A method of lessening the consumption of steam in steam engines” – the separate condenser, a key improvement (first devised by Watt in 1765) which stimulates the Industrial Revolution.
3 & 29 May – Eclipse runs his first races, giving rise to the phrase “Eclipse first and the rest nowhere.”
13 June – Josiah Wedgwood opens his Etruria Works for the manufacture of pottery.
28 June – The Morning Chronicle newspaper begins publication in London.
3 July – Richard Arkwright patents a spinning frame able to weave fabric mechanically.
5–7 September – Actor-manager David Garrick stages a Shakespeare Jubilee festival in Stratford-upon-Avon, disrupted by rain and with no performances of Shakespeare’s works.
7 October – James Cook reaches New Zealand.
19 November – Blackfriars Bridge across the River Thames in London opens to the public.
Gordon’s London dry gin first produced.
Work on Syon House, Middlesex, to the design of Robert Adam, ceases.
Opening of the Royal Clarence, England’s first hotel.
Authorized King James Version of the Bible in the Oxford standard text edited by Benjamin Blayney.
Debrett’s Peerage and Baronetage first published.
Elizabeth Raffald’s cookbook The Experienced English Housekeeper.