What Happened in 1708

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Historical Events

  • Jan 8 Spanish armada headed by the San Jose and loaded with gold sunk after British squadron attacks off coast of Colombia (rediscovered 2015)
  • Feb 24 Prince Johan Willem Friso sworn in as viceroy of Groningen
  • Feb 28 Slave revolt, Newton, Long Island NY, 11 die
  • Mar 11 Queen Anne withholds Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoes legislation.
  • Mar 23 Pretender to the English throne James III lands at Firth of Forth
  • Mar 27 Pretender to the English throne James III flees to Dunkirk
  • Jul 4 Swedish King Karel XII beats Russians
  • Jul 11 Battle at Oudenaarde: Great Alliance beats France
  • Jul 28 Monarch Amengkurat II [Sunan Mas] of Mataram gives himself up to VOC
  • Aug 3 Battle at Trencsén: Austria beats Hungarian rebellion army
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World Leaders in 1708

Famous People in 1708

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 23 Thomas Bullis, English composer, dies at 80 (buried)
  • Apr 30 Simon de Vries, book seller/writer (Unequal), dies
  • May 6 François de Laval, first Roman Catholic bishop of Quebec, dies at 85
  • May 11 Jules Hardouin Mansart, French architect (b. 1646)
  • May 12 Adolf Friedrich II of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1658)
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