Blupete's History of Nova Scotia

Key Events in the History of Nova Scotia: 1766.


§May 23rd: Governor Wilmot dies.
§August: Though sickness was to cause considerable interruptions, Pitt comes to the head of the British government and was to continue as the prime minister of England for the next two years as the head of state.
§05 Aug, Tue: "At noon there was an eclipse of the sun, which exceeded the calculation in Ames Almanac. In the midst of the eclipse came a thunder storm, and the air was darkened." (Perkins Diary.)
§August 15th: The first issue of Nova Scotia Gazette is published by Robert Fletcher. This paper was "a semi-official weekly of four pages consisting of a single sheet in folio, the immediate successor to Henry's Halifax Gazette." The last issue of the Nova Scotia Gazette came out on August 30th, 1770. As for the Halifax Gazette: Anthony Henry brought it out, on March 23rd, 1752; it was the first printed newspaper in Canada. "The newspaper ceased to appear some time between March and August 1766." Incidently, there is no surviving copy of the Nova Scotia Gazette to be found in Canada.
§August 23rd: Michael Francklin sworn in as Lieutenant Governor.
§September 5th: The first consolidation of Nova Scotia laws were ordered to be prepared by John Duport. It was to be published by Fletcher and came out on May 13th, 1767. Because Chief Justice Jonathan Belcher supplied notes for the publication, it became known as the "Belcher Edition."
§23 Sep, Tue: "The Halifax packet, for Boston, puts in with iron for bridge... Francis White and Doctor White come on ashore, Ship Mary and William, from London, Samuel Doggett, master, about 160 tons, arrives, and will load oak timber 12 in. square and upwards, 25 ft long and upwards ..." (Perkins Diary.)
§November 26th: Lord William Campbell arrives at Halifax aboard HMS Glasgow to take up his duties as the Governor of Nova Scotia.
§Simeon Perkins builds his house at Liverpool.
§In England, due to bad weather, the grain crops were damaged. There were riots throughout the country. Farmhouses were wrecked; the corn was carried off.
§Though in existence less than a year the odious Stamp Act, in this year, in 1766, is repealed; but, in order to assert the paramountcy of the English Parliament, The Declaratory Act is passed it that it had supreme power over the colonies, "in all cases, whatsoever."

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