The Mystery Begins 25 Years Before the Revolution 1750 -1774

The Mystery Begins 25 Years Before the Revolution 1750 -1774 April 24, 2024

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Pope Benedict XIV  the 247th pope
( August 17, 1740 –  May 3, 1758
17 years, 259 days)
Sits on the Throne of Peter

18th Century Popes
Popes 242 –  249 reigned on the throne of St. Peter.
0 Saint Popes
0 Blessed Pope
1 Servant of God Pope
7 Non – Sainted Popes
0 Anti – Popes

Thomas Wright suggests in 1750 that the Milky Way Galaxy in which we live is a disk-shaped system of stars with the Solar System near the centre.

and that is how we start out the


Jean Barbault paints Neapolitan Herder and a Cow leaving a Cave (1750)
(Musée des Beaux-Arts de StrasbourgFrance)

  • April 14
    • A group of West African slaves, bound for the Americas, successfully overpowers the crew of the British slave ship Snow Ann, imprisons the survivors, and then navigates the vessel back to Cape Lopez in Gabon. Upon regaining their freedom, the rebels leave the survivors on the Gabonese coast.
    • The Viceroy of New SpainJuan Francisco de Güemes, issues a notice to the missionaries in Nuevo Santander (which includes parts of what are now the U.S. state of Texas, including San Antonio, and the Mexican state of Tamaulipas) to work peacefully to convert the indigenous Karankawa people to Roman Catholicism.

    May 1, 1750 – George Frideric Handel begins the tradition of benefit performances of his oratorio Messiah at and for the Foundling Hospital in London.

  • May 16 – Two weeks after police in Paris arrest six teenagers for gambling in the suburb of Saint-Laurent, rioting breaks out when a rumor spreads that plainclothes policemen are hauling off small children between the ages of five to ten years old, in order to provide blood to an ailing aristocrat. Over the next two weeks, rioting breaks out in other sections of Paris. Police are attacked, including one who is beaten to death by the mob, until order is restored and police reforms are announced.
  • June 19 – At a time when mountain climbing is still relatively uncommon, Eggert Ólafsson and Bjarni Pálsson scale their first peak, the 4,892 foot (1,491 m) high Icelandic volcano, Hekla.
  • July 28, 1750 – Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (born 1685) dies.

Treasure Island (1883) (originally titled The Sea Cook: A Story for Boys) is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, telling a story of “buccaneers and buried gold“. It is considered a coming-of-age story and is noted for its atmosphere, characters, and action.

  • January 7 , 1751– The University of Pennsylvania, conceived 12 years earlier by Benjamin Franklin and its other trustees to provide non-denominational higher education “to train young people for leadership in business, government and public service”. rather than for the ministry, holds its first classes as “The Academy and Charitable School in the Province of Pennsylvania” in Philadelphia.
  • April 29, 1751 – The sport of cricket is first played in the American colonies, as a team of New Yorkers plays against a team of Englishmen and defeats them, 167 to 80, in a match in Greenwich Village
  • May 11, 1751 – The Pennsylvania Hospital, first hospital in the American colonies, is chartered in Philadelphia by the Pennsylvania legislature, which grants the right to Benjamin Franklin and to Dr. Thomas Bond.
  • 1751 – John Smith & Son‘s bookshop is established in Glasgow. It will claim to be the oldest surviving bookseller in the English-speaking world.

  • March 12 ,1755– A steam engine is used in the American colonies for the first time as New Jersey copper mine owner Arent Schuyler installs a Newcomen atmospheric engine to pump water out of a mineshaft.
  • 1755 – St. Dr. Alphonsus Liguori’s Uniformity with God’s Will (1755) is published. St. Alphonsus becomes a Doctor of the church in 1871.

1756 – Broken Eggs,  is a painting executed in 1756 by French artist Jean-Baptiste Greuze.


July 6, 1758 –  Pope Clement XIII succeeds Pope Benedict XIV, as the 248th pope.

We are used to preachers and to great noisy works for God. We are used to religion that is sometimes an escape from daily life and to faith as fixation on life in another world. What Arthur Guinness founded was a venture propelled by faith, yes—but by a kind of faith that inspires men to make their work in this world an offering to God, to understand craft and discipline, love of labor and skills transferred from father to son as sacred things. It was a venture of faith that took the fruit of the earth and, through study and strain, made of it something of greater value. Indeed, much of the great 250-year history of Guinness beer is a story in which wealth is gained through faith-inspired excellence and then used to serve others for the glory of God. This is what Arthur Guinness founded and this is the legacy Guinness beer still symbolizes to this day.
Stephen Mansfield, The Search for God and Guinness: A Biography of the Beer that Changed the World(2009)  Thomas Nelson


1760- Thomas Gainsborough The Artist`s Daughters, Molly and Peggy

  • March 17, 1762 – The first Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City takes place in lower Manhattan, inaugurating an annual tradition; the Ancient Order of the Hibernians organization later becomes the sponsor of the event, which attracts as many a 300,000 marchers in some years.


1764 Charles-Amédée-Philippe van Loo – The Magic Lantern

1764– John Hannon (or alternatively spelled “Hannan” in some sources) and the American physician Dr. James Baker started importing beans and producing chocolate in the Lower Mills section of Dorchester, Massachusetts.

1764 -The Beast of Gévaudan  is the historic name associated with a man-eating animal or animals that terrorised the former province of Gévaudan (consisting of the modern-day department of Lozère and part of Haute-Loire), in the Margeride Mountains of south-central France between 1764 and 1767.

This is the first event in Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious Timeline.

March 15, 1764 – The day after his return to Paris from a nine-year mission, French explorer and scholar Anquetil Du Perron, who was not eaten by the Beast, presents a complete copy of the Zoroastrian sacred text, the Zend Avesta, to the Bibliothèque Royale in Paris, along with several other traditional texts. In 1771, he publishes the first European translation of the Zend Avesta.

April 5, 1764 – The Sugar Act is passed in Great Britain. This incident increased the colonists’ concerns about the intent of the British Parliament and helped the growing movement that became the American Revolution.

July 26, 1764 – In what is described 250 years later as “The first documented United States school shooting“,  a group of four Delaware Indians invade a schoolhouse near what is now Greencastle, Pennsylvania and kill ten schoolchildren and their teacher, Enoch Brown.  The massacre happens in the course of Pontiac’s War, as retaliation against white settlement of Indian lands in central Pennsylvania. One student, Archie McCullough, manages to escape the carnage; a memorial is erected 120 years later on August 4, 1884.

October 15, 1764 – English scholar Edward Gibbon conceives the idea of writing The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, “as I sat musing amid the ruins of the Capitol“.

1765 –Richard Wilson – Lake Avernus I (approximate date)

1765 – The first chocolate factory in the Thirteen Colonies is officially established by Dr. James Baker at Dorchester, Massachusetts.

March 22, 1765– Royal assent is given to the Duties in American Colonies Act 1765, historically referred to as the Stamp Act, imposing the first direct tax levied from Great Britain on the thirteen American colonies, effective November 1. The revenue measure (which requires the purchase of a stamp to be affixed for validation of all legal documents, but also to licensed newspapers and even playing cards and dice) is made to help defray the costs for British military operations in North America, including the French and Indian War. 

March 24, 1765 – Great Britain passes the Quartering Act, requiring private households in the thirteen American colonies to house British soldiers if necessary.

May 26, 1765 – During a stroll in the park “on a fine Sabbath afternoon” at Glasgow Green, Scottish engineer James Watt receives the inspiration that provides the breakthrough in his development of the steam engine; he recounts later that “The idea came into my mind, that as steam was an elastic body it would rush into a vacuum, and if a communication was made between the cylinder and an exhausted vessel, it would rush into it, and might be there condensed without cooling the cylinder… I had not walked further than the Golf-house when the whole thing was arranged in my mind.

1765 – Wolfgang Amadeus MozartGod Is Our Refuge“, K.20

  • February 15, 1766 – Protesting against the Stamp Act 1765, members of the New York City Sons of Liberty travel to Pennsylvania and set fire to a British supply of tax stamps before the stamps can be taken to distributors in the province of Maryland.
  • March 18, 1766 – American Revolution: The British Parliament repeals the Stamp Act, which has been very unpopular in the British colonies; the persuasion of Benjamin Franklin is considered partly responsible. The Declaratory Act asserts the right of Britain to bind the colonies in all other respects.
  • April 9, 1766
    • African slaves are imported directly into the American colony of Georgia for the first time, as the sloop Mary Brow arrives in Savannah with 78 captives imported from Saint-Louis, Senegal.
    • American botanist John Bartram completes his first exploration and cataloging of North American plants after more than nine months.


May 19, 1769– Cardinal Giovanni Vincenzo Antonio Ganganelli is elected as the 249th pope, succeeding the late Clement XIII and choosing to take the regnal name of Pope Clement XIV. 

The Decade of Revolution Begins

Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, O.C.D. (15 July 1747 – 7 March 1770) was canonized March 19, 1934 by Pope Pius XI. She was known for her mystical gifts.

“Knowing that a bride cannot be pleasing to her spouse unless she endeavors to become what he wishes her to be … I will always think of my neighbors as beings made in your likeness, produced by your divine love, redeemed at the price of your precious Blood, looking upon them with true Christian charity, which you command. I will sympathize with their troubles, excuse their faults, always speak well of them, and never willingly fail in charity towards them in thought, word, or deed.”
God is Love (1964 edition)

  • 1771 – In 1771, John Wesley formally authorized Methodist women to preach in public. This included Sarah Crosby ( October 6,  1729 –  October, 29, 1804) She  is considered to be the first woman to hold this title of a Methodist preacher.

Johnny Tremain is a work of historical fiction written in 1943 by Esther Forbes that is set in Boston prior to and during the outbreak of the American Revolution.

The book won the 1944 Newbery Medal and was believed to be “among the 20 best-selling children’s books of the 20th century.”  It was estimated to be the 16th-bestselling children’s paperback book as of the year 2001 in the United States, according to Publishers Weekly. In 1957, Walt Disney Pictures released a film adaptation, also called Johnny Tremain.

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