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- May 13 – Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England with the First Fleet, 11 ships full of convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia.
- August 16 – Lieutenant William Bligh takes command of the HMVA Bounty.
- December 23 – The HMVA Bounty is sent to Tahiti to collect breadfruit plants.
- Date unknown
- The Pennsylvania Prison Society is started.
- March 16 – Georg Ohm, German physicist
- December 10 – Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, founder of the American School for the Deaf