- Boston Massacre: growing unrest in Boston over enforement of Townshend Duties (see 1767) leads British government to deploy troops to the city. Waterfront brawl between Bostonians and redcoats results. Panicky redcoats fire into mob, killing three.
- Massive famine in Bengal made worse by British colonial exactions.
- Insurrections against Spanish in Coban and Rabinal in Guatemala.
- The Aurora sinks off the Cape of Good Hope.