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King George II

King George II and Queen Caroline 1727 - 1760

Born: 10 November 1683
Father: King George I
Mother: Sophia Dorothea of Celle
Reigned: 1727 - 1760
Died: 25 October 1760

Time Line

1727 - 11 June - George II succeeded his father George I
1727 - Death of Sir Isaac Newton
1727 - Painted Hall at Greenwich Royal Naval College completed by Sir James Thornhill.
1729 - Aberration of light discovered by James Bradley
1730 - John Harrison (1693 - ?) arrives at Greenwich with his sea-going clock plans.
1732 - Royal Charter founds Georgia
1737 - Samuel Johnson "Dr. Johnson" (1709 - 1784), lexicographer, author & critic lived in Greenwich.
1738 - Methodist movement founded by John & Charles Wesley who preached on Blackheath.
1739 - 7 April - Dick Turpin (highwayman) hanged. Highwaymen attacked at Shooters Hill.
1742 - Handel's Messiah first performed
1742 - James Bradley (1693 - 1762) appointed Astronomer Royal at Greenwich
1749 - Transit Room built at Greenwich Royal Observatory - home of Bradley's Greenwich Meridian.
c1750 - Antonio Canaletto (1687 - 1768) paints famous view of Greenwich Hospital from across the River Thames.
1751 - Greenwich Hospital completed to Sir Christopher Wren's (1632 - 1723) plans.
1752 - 3-14 September - Britain adopts Gregorian calendar - 11 days 'lost'
1753 - British Museum founded
1755 - Dr Samuel Johnson (former Greenwich resident) publishes Dictionary of the English Language
1758 - Appearance of Halley's Comet
1759 - Quebec taken by James Wolfe (resident of Greenwich)
1759 - Kew Gardens established
1760 - 25 October George II dies - statue in Royal Naval College gardens.
1760 - Succeeded by his grandson George III (immortalised on movie filmed in Greenwich)



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