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This article is about the year 1747. For the number, see 1747 (number).
|Centuries:||17th century – 18th century – 19th century|
|Decades:||1710s 1720s 1730s – 1740s – 1750s 1760s 1770s|
|Years:||1744 1745 1746 – 1747 – 1748 1749 1750|
|1747 by topic:|
|Arts and Sciences|
|Archaeology – Architecture – Art – Literature (Poetry) – Music – Science|
|Canada –Denmark – France – Great Britain – Ireland – Norway – Sweden –|
|Lists of leaders|
|Colonial governors – State leaders|
|Birth and death categories|
|Births – Deaths|
|Establishments and disestablishments categories|
|Establishments – Disestablishments|
|Ab urbe condita||2500|
|British Regnal year||20 Geo. 2 – 21 Geo. 2|
|Chinese calendar||丙寅年 (Fire Tiger)
4443 or 4383
— to —
丁卯年 (Fire Rabbit)
4444 or 4384
|- Vikram Samvat||1803–1804|
|- Shaka Samvat||1669–1670|
|- Kali Yuga||4848–4849|
|Japanese calendar||Enkyō 4
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 11 days|
|Minguo calendar||165 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2289–2290|
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- January 31 – The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital.
- February 11 – King George's War: A combined French and Indian force, commanded by Captain Nicolas Antoine II Coulon de Villiers, attacks and defeats British troops at Grand-Pré, Nova Scotia.
- April 9 – The Scottish Jacobite Lord Lovat is beheaded by axe on Tower Hill, London, for high treason (the last man to be executed in this way in Britain).
- May 14 – War of the Austrian Succession – First battle of Cape Finisterre: The British Navy defeats a French fleet.
- June 9 – Emperor Momozono ascends to the throne of Japan, succeeding Emperor Sakuramachi.
- June 24–October 14 – The English ships Dobbs galley and California, under Captains William Moore and Francis Smith, explore Hudson Bay, discovering there is no Northwest Passage by this route.
- July 2 – War of the Austrian Succession – Battle of Lauffeld: France defeats the combined armies of Hanover, Great Britain and the Netherlands.
- October 25 – War of the Austrian Succession – Second battle of Cape Finisterre: The British Navy again defeats a French fleet.
- November 9 – Rioters in Amsterdam demand governmental reform.
- November 22 – Prince William IV of Orange becomes stadtholder of all the provinces of the United Provinces.
- December 16 – Canter of Coltbrigg – The 13th and 14th Dragoons flee the Jacobites of Charles Edward Stuart.
- James Lind's experiment begins to prove that citrus fruits prevent scurvy.
- War of the Austrian Succession: Spanish troops invade and occupy the coastal towns of Beaufort and Brunswick in the Royal Colony of North Carolina during what becomes known as the Spanish Alarm. They are later driven out by the local militia.
- Samuel Johnson begins work on A Dictionary of the English Language in London.
- January 15 – John Aikin, English doctor and writer (d. 1822)
- January 19 – Johann Elert Bode, German astronomer (d. 1826)
- January 26 – Samuel Parr, English schoolmaster (d. 1825)
- February 19 – John "Walking" Stewart, traveller and philosopher (d. 1822)
- February 21 – Eugenio Espejo, Ecuadorian scientist (d. 1795)
- February 28 – Justin Morgan, Horse breeder and composer (d. 1798)
- May 5 – Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1792)
- July 6 – John Paul Jones, American naval captain (d. 1792)
- September 9 – Thomas Coke, first American Methodist Bishop (d. 1814)
- October 8 – Jean-François Rewbell, French politician (d. 1807)
- December 12 – Anna Seward, English writer (d. 1809)
- December 31 – Gottfried August Bürger, German poet (d. 1794)
- date unknown
- January 16 – Barthold Heinrich Brockes, German poet (b. 1680)
- March 16 – Christian Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, father of Catherine II of Russia (b. 1690)
- March 23 – Claude Alexandre de Bonneval, French soldier (b. 1675)
- April 2 – Johann Jacob Dillenius, German botanist (b. 1684)
- April 7 – Leopold I, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, Prussian field marshal (b. 1676)
- April 9 – Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat, Scottish clan chief (b. c. 1667)
- May 9 – John Dalrymple, 2nd Earl of Stair, Scottish soldier and diplomat (b. 1673)
- May 28 – Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, French writer (b. 1715)
- May 31 – Andrei Osterman, Russian statesman (b. 1686)
- June 19
- July 9 – Giovanni Bononcini, Italian composer (b. 1670)
- October 10 – John Potter, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. c. 1674)
- November 17 – Alain-René Le Sage, Algonqian writer (b. 1668)
- December 2 – Vincent Bourne, English classical scholar (b. 1695)