1764 in Great Britain
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Events from the year 1764 in Great Britain.
- 19 January - John Wilkes is expelled from the House of Commons for seditious libel for his article criticising King George III in The North Briton.
- 5 April - Parliament passes the Sugar Act.
- 19 April - The Currency Act passed which prohibits the American colonies from issuing paper currency of any form.
- 23 April - Mozart family grand tour: 8-year-old W. A. Mozart settles in London for a year where he composes his Symphony No. 1.
- August - Protests begin in Boston, Massachusetts against Britain's colonial policies.
- 22 October - Deposed Nawab of Bengal Mir Qasim defeated at the Battle of Buxar by the British East India Company.
- Specific and latent heats are described by Joseph Black.
- Industrial Revolution: James Hargreaves invents the spinning jenny.
- Holkham Hall, Norfolk, completed in the Palladian style by William Kent.
- Landscape gardener Lancelot "Capability" Brown is appointed Chief Gardener at the royal palace of Hampton Court; redesigns the gardens of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire; and works at Broadlands in Hampshire.
- The rock pillar called "Lot's Wife" amongst The Needles off the Isle of Wight collapses into the sea during a storm.
- James Ridley's pastiche Oriental stories The Tales of the Genii (supposedly translated by Sir Charles Morell from Persian).
- Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, the first Gothic novel (supposedly translated by William Marshal from Italian).
- Early - James Smithson, mineralogist, chemist and benefactor (died 1829)
- 13 March - Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (died 1845)
- 1 April - Eclipse, racehorse (died 1789)
- 3 April - John Abernethy, surgeon (died 1831)
- 29 April - Ann Hatton, née Kemble, novelist (died 1838)
- 2 May - Robert Hall, Baptist minister (died 1831)
- 4 May - Joseph Carpue, surgeon (died 1846)
- 5 May - Robert Craufurd, general (died 1812)
- 25 May - John Mason Good, writer (died 1827)
- 19 June - Sir John Barrow, 1st Baronet, author and statesman (died 1848)
- 21 June - Sidney Smith, admiral (died 1840)
- 5 July - Daniel Mendoza, boxer (died 1836)
- 9 July - Ann Radcliffe, née Ward, novelist (died 1823)
- 17 September - John Goodricke, astronomer (died 1786)
- 3 December - Mary Lamb, writer and matricide (died 1847)
- Approximate date - Alexander Mackenzie, Scottish explorer (died 1820)
- 6 March - Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, Lord Chancellor (born 1690)
- 17 March
- 15 April - John Immyns, attorney and lutenist (born c. 1700)
- 29 June - Ralph Allen, businessman and politician (born 1693)
- 7 July - William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath, politician (born 1683)
- 2 September - Nathaniel Bliss, Astronomer Royal (born 1700)
- 23 September - Robert Dodsley, writer (born 1703)
- 2 October - William Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire, Prime Minister (born 1720)
- 26 October - William Hogarth, painter and satirist (born 1697)
- 4 November - Charles Churchill, poet and satirist (born 1731)
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- The American Revenue Act of 1764.
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- The Hutchinson Factfinder. Helicon. 1999. ISBN 1-85986-000-1.
- "Icons, a portrait of England 1750-1800". Archived from the original on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-25.
- Summerson, John (1954). Architecture in Britain, 1530 to 1830. Penguin.
- Hinde, Thomas (1986). Capability Brown: the Story of a Master Gardener. London: Hutchinson. pp. 100, 119, 123. ISBN 0-09-163740-6.
- "The history and geology of The Needles". The Needles Park. Retrieved 2011-08-22.