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- July 4 – the United States of America say that they are no longer part of England (the Declaration of Independence)
- July 12 – Captain James Cook starts his third, and final, voyage to the Pacific Ocean
- The city of San Francisco is founded in California, USA (San Francisco was then part of Spain).
- The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith is published. It is an important book in the history of economics.
- January 24 – E.T.A. Hoffmann, German writer, composer, and painter (died 1822)
- February 11 – Joannis Capodistrias, Greek governor of Troezen (died 1831)
- March 10 – Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen of Prussia (died 1810)
- April 1 – Sophie Germain, French mathematician (died 1831)
- June 11 – John Constable, English painter (died 1837)
- August 9 – Amedeo Avogadro, Italian chemist (died 1856)
- Muttusvami Dikshitar, Indian composer