- February 12 - English colonist James Oglethorpe founds Savannah, Georgia.
- May 29 - Right of Canadians to keep Indian slaves upheld at Quebec Quebec.
- July 30 - First Freemasons lodge opened in what will become the United States.
- May 4 - Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, political scientist, and sailor
- March 13 - Joseph Priestley, scientist, minister (+ 1804)