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Classical Music Period

  • Frederick the Great

    Frederick the Great
    Frederick the Great, a composer, flutist, and future emperor of Prussia (Germany) is born.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Joseph Haydn
    Joseph Haydn is born in Rohrau, Austria.
  • Johann Christian Bach

    Johann Christian Bach
    Johann Christian Bach, not to be confused with Johann Sebastian Bach, is born.
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  • Minuet becomes popular

    Minuet becomes popular
    Minuet dances become very popular in Europe. A minuet is a slow, stately ballroom-style dance.
  • French-Indian War

    French-Indian War
    The French-Indian War starts.
  • The Seven Years War

    The Seven Years War
    The Seven Years War starts.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is born in Salzburg, Austria.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica

    Encyclopaedia Britannica
    The first edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica, the largest encyclopedia in the world, is written.
  • Beethoven is born

    Beethoven is born
    Ludvig van Beethoven is born in Bonn, Germany.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence is signed, starting the American Revolutionary War.
  • American Revolution Ends

    American Revolution Ends
    General Cornwallis surrenders the British Army after the successful American siege of Yorktown.
  • John Wesley

    John Wesley
    John Wesley, a preacher, seperates from the Church of England, creating Methodism, a new form of Christianity.
  • Le Nozze di Figaro

    Le Nozze di Figaro
    Mozart writes and premiers "Le Nozze di Figaro", or "The Marriage of Figaro."
  • President George Washington elected

    George Washington is elected to be the first president.
  • French Revolution

    French Revolution
    French Revolutionaries storm the federal prison and castle named the Bastille.
  • Industrial Revoution

    Industrial Revoution
    The Industrial Revolution begins
  • The Magic Flute

    The Magic Flute
    "The Magic Flute" is written by Mozart and premiered at Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna.
  • American Bill of Rights

    The American Bill of Rights is ratified
  • Mozart Dies

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies at age 35.
  • Jenner's Breakthrough

    Jenner's Breakthrough
    Edward Jenner creates and tests a hypothesis that infecting someone with a weak sickness known as cowpox, could prevent the infection of a deadly, feared disease known as smallpox.
  • Alessandro Volta invents battery

    Alessandro Volta invents the electric battery
  • Haydn's Seasons

    Haydn debuts his most famous work, "The Seasons."
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    Thomas Jefferson purchases the Louisiana Territory.
  • Napoleon crowned as emperor

    Napoleon crowned as emperor
    Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned emperor of France.
  • Beethoven's 5th

    Beethoven's 5th
    Beethoven premieres his 5th Symphony.
  • Hadyn's Death

    Joseph Hadyn dies
  • South American Revolution

    South American Revolution
    Simon Bolivar, a Venezuelan military commander, leads a revolution for the independence of South America.
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    The United States Senate declares war on Britain, starting the War of 1812.
  • Waterloo

    Napoleon Bonaparte is defeated in his most well known battle against the British, Prussians, Dutch, and Belgians. The battle took place south of modern-day Brussels, Belgium.
  • Decembrist Revolution

    Decembrist Revolution
    Th first of many Revolutions against the Russian aristocracy, the tsars
  • Beethoven's Death

    Beethoven's Death
    Beethoven dies from an illness