Decades: 1720s 1730s 1740s 1750s 1760s - 1770s - 1780s 1790s 1800s 1810s 1820s
Years: 1769 1770 1771 1772 1773 - 1774 - 1775 1776 1777 1778 1779
January 21 - Mustafa III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire dies and is succeeded by his brother Abd-ul-Hamid I.
May 10 - Louis XVI becomes King of France.
July 21 - Russo-Turkish War, 1768-74: Russia and the Ottoman Empire sign the Treaty of Kuchuk-Kainarji ending six years of war.
September 5 - First Continental Congress assembles in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The British pass the Quebec Act setting out rules of governance for the colony of Quebec in British North America.
February 11 - Hans Jarta, Swedish political activist/administrator/publicist
February 17 - Raphael Peale, painter
February 24 - Prince Adolphus of Great Britain, 1st Duke of Cambridge
August 12 - Robert Southey, English Romantic poet, biographer
January 21 - Mustafa III, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.
April 4 - Oliver Goldsmith, playwright
August 25 - Niccolò Jommelli, composer
December 2 - Johann Friedrich Agricola, composer
Heads of states
China - Qianlong Emperor of China, Qing Dynasty (reigned from October 18, 1735 to February 9, 1796)
Louis XV King of France (1715-1774)
Louis XVI King of France (1774-1792)
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)
Literature and the Arts
1774 in Literature
1774 in Music\n