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This article is about the year 1768.
|Centuries:||17th century – 18th century – 19th century|
|Decades:||1730s 1740s 1750s – 1760s – 1770s 1780s 1790s|
|Years:||1765 1766 1767 – 1768 – 1769 1770 1771|
|1768 by topic:|
|Arts and Sciences|
|Archaeology – Architecture – Art – Literature (Poetry) – Music – Science|
|Canada – Great Britain –|
|Lists of leaders|
|Colonial governors – State leaders|
|Birth and death categories|
|Births – Deaths|
|Establishments and disestablishments categories|
|Establishments – Disestablishments|
|Ab urbe condita||2521|
|British Regnal year||8 Geo. 3 – 9 Geo. 3|
|Chinese calendar||丁亥年 (Fire Pig)
4464 or 4404
— to —
戊子年 (Earth Rat)
4465 or 4405
|- Vikram Samvat||1824–1825|
|- Shaka Samvat||1690–1691|
|- Kali Yuga||4869–4870|
|Japanese calendar||Meiwa 5
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 11 days|
|Minguo calendar||144 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2310–2311|
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- January 9 – Philip Astley stages the first modern circus, with acrobats on galloping horses, in London.
- February 11 – Samuel Adams's circular letter is issued by the Massachusetts House of Representatives and sent to the other Thirteen Colonies. Refusal to revoke the letter will result in dissolution of the Massachusetts Assembly and (from October) Which incurred the institution of martial law to prevent civil unrest.
- May 10 – John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for The North Briton severely criticizing King George III. This action provokes protesters to riot; in the Southwark district of London, troops fire on the mob, killing seven, the Massacre of St George's Fields.
- May 15 – After the Treaty of Versailles, the island of Corsica is ceded by Genoa to France.
- December 1 – The slave ship Fredensborg sinks off Tromøy in Norway.
- December 10 – Royal Academy founded in London, with Joshua Reynolds as its first President.
- December 21 – King Prithvi Narayan Shah unifies several small kingdoms to establish the modern-day Nepal. This kingdom will collapse in 2008.
- December 28 – Taksin is crowned as ruler of the Thonburi Kingdom in Thailand (through conquest) and establishes Thonburi as a capital.
- The Petit Trianon, originally designed for Madame de Pompadour, is completed in the park of the Palace of Versailles and inaugurated by Louis XV of France.
- New Smyrna, Florida, the largest attempt at colonization by the British in the New World, is founded by Dr. Andrew Turnbull.
- A Secretary of State for the colonies is appointed in Britain.
- Louis XV of France appoints René de Maupeou as chancellor and orders him to crush the judicial opposition.
- Members of the Royal Society of Arts wrote The Complete Farmer: Or, a General Dictionary of Husbandry published in weekly numbers.
- Louis Antoine de Bougainville discovers the Bougainville Strait and Bougainville Island.
- First of the weekly numbers of the Encyclopædia Britannica, edited by William Smellie, are published in Edinburgh; one hundred are planned.
- The Steller's sea cow, discovered on Bering Island in 1741, is driven to extinction.
- January 1 – Maria Edgeworth, Irish novelist (d. 1849)
- January 7 – Joseph Bonaparte, King of Naples and Spain (d. 1844)
- January 28 – King Frederick VI of Denmark (d. 1839)
- February 12 – Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1835)
- February 13 – Édouard Mortier, duc de Trévise, French marshal (d. 1835)
- March – Tecumseh (d. 1813)
- March 21 – Joseph Fourier, French mathematician and physicist (d. 1830)
- March 22 – Melesina Trench, Irish born writer and socialite (d. 1827)
- May 3 – Charles Tennant, Scottish chemist and industrialist (d. 1838)
- May 17
- May 20 – Dolley Madison, First Lady of the United States (d. 1849)
- June 9 – Samuel Slater, American industrialist (d. 1835)
- July 4 – Adam Karl August von Eschenmayer, German philosopher (d. 1852)
- July 27 – Charlotte Corday. French murderess of Jean-Paul Marat (d. 1793)
- August 6 – Jean-Baptiste Bessières, French marshal (d. 1813)
- September 4 – François-René de Chateaubriand, French writer and diplomat (d. 1848)
- September 23 – William Wallace, Scottish Mathematician (d. 1843)
- October 2 – William Beresford, 1st Viscount Beresford, British general and politician (d. 1854)
- November 3 – Karađorđe Petrović, Serbs leader of the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire, and the founder of the Serbian Karađorđević dynasty (d. 1817)
- November 18
- November 21 – Friedrich Schleiermacher, German theologian (d. 1834)
- February 1 – Sir Robert Rich, 4th Baronet, British cavalry officer (b. 1685)
- February 2 – Robert Smith, English mathematician (b. 1689)
- February 8 – George Dance the Elder, English architect (b. 1695)
- February 17 – Arthur Onslow, English politician (b. 1691)
- March 1 – Hermann Samuel Reimarus, German philosopher and writer (b. 1694)
- March 3 – Nicola Porpora, Italian composer (b. 1686)
- March 18 – Laurence Sterne, Irish writer (b. 1713)
- April 19 – Canaletto, Italian artist (b. 1697)
- April 29 – Georg Brandt, Swedish chemist and mineralogist (b. 1694)
- June 8 – Johann Joachim Winckelmann, German classical scholar and archaeologist (b. 1717)
- June 15 – James Short, Scottish mathematician (b. 1710)
- June 19 – Benjamin Tasker, Provincial Governor of Maryland (b. 1690)
- July 6 – Conrad Beissel, German-born religious leader
- July 24 – Nathaniel Lardner, English theologian (b. 1684)
- August 3 – Thomas Secker, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1693)
- August 17 (N.S.) – Vasily Trediakovsky, Russian poet (b. 1703)
- September 2 – Antoine Deparcieux, French mathematician (b. 1703)
- October 1 – Robert Simson, Scottish mathematician (b. 1687)
- October 28 – Michel Blavet, French flutist (b. 1700)
- October 31 – Francesco Maria Veracini, Italian composer (b. 1690)
- November 17 – Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1693)
- December 8 – Jean Denis Attiret, French Jesuit missionary and painter (b. 1702)
- December 20 – Carlo Innocenzo Frugoni, Italian poet (b. 1692)