|This year in history|
In the year
|The British Museum opened in London. It is one of the biggest, oldest and most important museums in history.
|German composer, George Frideric Handel, died in London at the age of 74. His most famous works include the Messiah and Water Music.
|French military commander, Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, died at the age of 47. He was the commander of the French forces in North America during the Seven Years War. Parts of his exploits, especially the military victory of the capturing of Fort William Henry, were immortalized in James Fenimore Cooper's novel, The Last of the Mohicans. The Seven Years War though resulted in the French loosing almost all their interests in the American continent and furthermore the native Indians of North America were decimated, their cultures destroyed.
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