1752 in Great Britain

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Events from the year 1752 in Great Britain.



  • 1 January – the British Empire (except Scotland, which had changed New Year's Day to 1 January in 1600) adopts today as the first day of the year as part of adoption of the Gregorian calendar, which is completed in September: today is the first day of the New Year under the terms of last year's Calendar Act.[1]
  • 26 February – first performance of Handel's oratorio Jephtha in London.[1]
  • 17 March – Parliament passes a bill to bestow estates forfeited by Jacobites to the Crown and to use the revenue to develop the Scottish Highlands.[1]
  • 1 June – Murder Act 1751 comes into effect, providing that the bodies of hanged murderers should suffer public dissection or (for men) hanging in the gibbet.[2]
  • 14 June – Robert Clive forces the surrender of French troops in the aftermath of the Siege of Trichinopoly in India.[1]
  • 3–13 September inclusive – these dates are omitted from the calendar in the British Empire as part of the adoption of the Gregorian calendar to correct the discrepancy between the Old Style and New Style dates under the terms of last year's Calendar Act. Claims of riots over the perceived loss of the days[1] are without contemporary authority.[3]






  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. pp. 315–316. ISBN 0-304-35730-8. 
  2. ^ Johnson, D. R. "Introductory Anatomy". University of Leeds. Archived from the original on 2008-11-04. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  3. ^ Poole, Robert (November 1995). "'Give us our eleven days!': calendar reform in eighteenth-century England". Past & Present. 149 (1): 95–139. Archived from the original on 2014-12-05. 

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