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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1771 AD

January

January 22: Spain cedes Falkland Islands to Britain

February

February 16: Messier presents his original list of 45 M-objects to French Academy
February 19: Messier adds M46-M49 to his catalog (galactic clusters in Puppis and Hydra and galaxy in Virgo)

May

May 7: Samuel Hearne explores Copper Mine River of Canada

July

July 12: James Cook sails Endeavour back to Downs England
July 14: Mission San Antonio de Padua founded in California

September

September 8: Mission San Gabriel Archangel forms in California
September 26: Denis Diderot's "Le Fils Naturel," premieres in Paris

November

November 4: Carlo Goldoni's "Le Bourru Bienfaisant," premieres in Paris
November 16: West Indian Company and Amsterdam divide up Suriname
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