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Things that happened during the lifetime of the Public Universal Friend:
* The US Declaration of Independence
* The Quakers begged the US Founders to abolish slavery, as was being done in other countries that were having revolutions at this same time
* The French Revolution, and the Napoleonic Wars
* The publication of "The Dream of the Red Chamber"
* The Ottoman Empire lost control of Egypt
* Mozart was composing
* The invention of the smallpox vaccine, the sewing machine, the telegraph, the dandy horse, the hot air balloon, the steamboat, and the steam locomotive
* Mary Shelley published Frankenstein

More things that happened during the lifetime of the Public Universal Friend:
* The Hawaiians saved their king from being kidnapped by Captain Cook
* Pirates made trouble in the Caribbean and everywhere (this is why the US Constitution has a part about pirates)
* The flower cards (hanafuda) were invented to get around the bans of Portuguese-style playing cards in Japan
* Yosa Buson wrote the greatest poetry of the Edo period
* The extinction of the blue antelope

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