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1714 Hannoverian line begins with coronation of George I
1716 First Freemason Grand Lodge established
1719 Daniel Defoe writes "Robinson Crusoe" (first "real" novel)
1720 Collapse of "South Sea Bubble" trading empire
1720 Sir Edmund Halley becomes Astronomer Royal
1721 Sir Robert Walpole becomes first British Prime Minister
1723 Death of Sir Christopher Wren (architect)
1727 Death of Sir Isaac Newton (scientist)
1733 Jethro Tull advances new agricultural practices
1734 Death of Rob Roy (Scottish hero)
1744 Death of Alexander Pope (poet)
1746 Jacobite Rebellion crushed at Culloden
1755 Samuel Johnson publishes his "Dictionary"
1757 Robert Clive ("Clive of India") conquers Bengal for Britain
1759 Halley's Comet - Sir Edmund Halley proves periodic return of comets
1763 British Empire at its height after Treaty of Paris
1763 Josiah Wedgewood patents Wedgewood pottery
1764 Death of William Hogarth (caricaturist)
1769 Watt's steam engine and Arkright's spinning mill invented
1770 Captain James Cook "discovers" Australia
1776 America declares independence from Britain
1776 Adam Smith publishes "Weath of Nations" (economic treatise)
1779 Death of David Garrick (actor and theatrical manager)
1779 First cast iron bridge built at Coalbrookdale, England
1781 British finally surrender to Americans at Yorktown
1783 Pitt the Younger becomes Prime Minister
1791 Death of John Wesley (founder of Methodist Church)
1796 Death of Robbie Burns (Scottish poet)
1798 Edward Jenner discovers vaccination for smallpox
1800 Parliamentary union of Britain and Ireland
1801 Richard Trevithick developes high-pressure steam engine
1805 British under Lord Horatio Nelson defeat Napoleon at Trafalgar
1807 Slave trade abolished in Britain
1811 Luddite riots against new technologies
1814 George Stevenson builds first steam locomotive
1815 British under Duke of Wellington finally defeat Napoleon at Waterloo
1817 Death of Jane Austen (writer)
1819 Sir Stanford Raffles founds British settlement at Singapore
1820 Death of King George III of England
1820 Charles Babbage's Difference Engine - pre-cursor to computer
1824 Repeal of Combination Acts - trade unions now legal in Britain
1824 Death of Lord Byron (poet)
1825 First railway (Stockton to Darligton) opened
1827 Death of John Dalton (chemist)
1827 Death of William Blake (poet and artist)
1829 Catholic Emancipation Act passed in Britain
1829 London Police Force established by Sir Robert Peel
1830 Death of George IV - accession of William IV
1832 Death of Sir Walter Scott (poet)
1832 First Parliamentary Reform Bill passed
1833 Death of Edmund Keane (Shakespearean actor)
1834 Tolpuddle Martyrs victimised to discourage trade unions
1835 Conservative Party established by Sir Robert Peel
1836 People's Charter published by Chartists

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