What Happened in 1715

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Historical Events

  • Apr 15th Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
  • Apr 20th Nicholas Rowe's "Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey" premieres in London
  • Apr 29th John Flamsteed observes Uranus for 6th time
  • May 1st Prussia declares war on Sweden
  • May 3rd Edmund Halley observes total eclipse phenomenon "Baily's Beads"
  • May 4th French manufacturer debuts 1st folding umbrella (Paris)
  • Jul 29th 10 Spanish treasure galleons sinks off Florida coast by hurricane
  • Jul 30th Spanish gold & silver fleet disappears off St Lucie, Florida
  • Aug 1st First Doggett's Coat and Badge race (Waterman's race) held on Thames River (London Bridge to Chelsea)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Sep 1st King Louis XIV of France dies after a reign of 72 years—the longest of any major European monarch.

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • Sep 6th Pro-James III-uprising in Scotland
  • Nov 13th Battle of Sheriffmuir during Jacobite rebellion. Battle inconclusive but Government forces halt advance of Jacobite army lead by Scottish Earl of Mar
  • Nov 15th Barrier Treaty, Austria cedes area to Netherlands
  • Nov 24th London's Thames River freezes over
  • Nov 25th First English patent granted to an American, for processing corn
  • Dec 12th Russian/Prussian troops occupy Stralsund [NS=12/23]
  • Dec 22nd English pretender to the throne James III lands at Peterhead
  • Dec 23rd Russian/Prussian troops occupy Stralsund
  • Dec 24th Swedish troops occupy Norway

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 10th Christian August Crusius, German philosopher and theologian (d. 1775)
  • Jan 12th Jacques Duphly, composer
  • Jan 26th Claude Helvetius, Paris France, philosopher
  • Jan 27th Vaclav Kalous, composer
  • Jan 29th Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Austrian (court) composer/pianist
  • Mar 4th James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave, British statesman (d. 1763)
  • Mar 7th Ephraim Williams, American philanthropist (d. 1755)
  • Mar 7th Ewald Christian von Kleist, German poet (d. 1759)
  • Mar 19th Charles-Joseph van Helmont, composer
  • Apr 3rd William Watson, English physician and scientist (d. 1787)
  • Apr 11th John Alcock, composer
  • Apr 17th Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, composer
  • Apr 19th James Nares, composer
  • Apr 23rd Johann Friedrich Doles, composer
  • Apr 28th Franz Sparry, composer
  • May 4th Richard Graves, English writer (d. 1804)
  • May 5th Daniel Dal Barba, composer
  • May 22nd François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis, French cardinal and statesman (d. 1794)
  • Jun 2nd Herman-Francois Delange, composer
  • Jun 25th Joseph-François Foulon, French politician (d. 1789)
  • Jul 4th Christian F Gellert, Saxony, poet/novelist (Fables & Tales)
  • Jul 16th Charles, Prince de Rohan-Soubise, marshal of France
  • Jul 25th Immanuel J Pyra, German poet (Temple of Real Poetry)
  • Aug 6th Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, French writer (d. 1747)
  • Sep 22nd Jean-Étienne Guettard, French physician and scientist (d. 1786)
  • Sep 30th Étienne Bonnot de Condillac, French philosopher (d. 1780)
  • Oct 5th Victor de Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau, French economist (d. 1789)
  • Oct 8th Michel Benoist, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1774)
  • Oct 23rd Peter II Aleksejevitsj, Saint Petersburg, tsar of Russia (1727-30)
  • Nov 5th John Brown, English writer (d. 1766)
  • Nov 8th Elisabeth C van Brunswick-Bevern, wife of Frederik II "the Great"
  • Nov 13th Dorothea Erxleben, German, first female medical doctor (d. 1762)
  • Nov 16th Girolamo Abos, composer
  • Nov 23rd Pierre Charles Le Monnier, French astronomer (d. 1799)
  • Dec 8th John Althuysen, Frisian vicar/poet (Frisianche rymlery)
  • Dec 9th Georg Gottfried Petri, composer
  • Dec 12th Gennaro Manna, composer
  • Dec 27th Philippe de Noailles, duc de Mouchy, French soldier (d. 1794)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 7th François Fénelon, French-Catholic theologian and writer (b. 1651)
  • Feb 3rd Gottfried Vopelius, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 17th Antoine Galland, French interpreter, dies at 68
  • Feb 21st Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, Governor of the Province of Maryland (b. 1637)
  • Feb 25th Pu Songling, Chinese writer (b. 1640)
  • Mar 11th Jan-Erasmus Quellinus, Flemish painter, dies at 80
  • Mar 17th Gilbert Burnet, Scottish Bishop of Salisbury (b. 1643)
  • May 19th Charles Montagu, Chancellor of the Exchequer (b. 1661)
  • Jun 25th Jean du Casse, French admiral (b. 1646)
  • Jul 5th Charles Ancillon, French Huguenot pastor (b. 1659)
  • Aug 12th Nahum Tate, English poet/playwright/poet laureate, dies

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Sep 1st Louis XIV, the sun king of France (1643-1715), dies at 76

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • Sep 1st François Girardon, French sculptor (b. 1628)
  • Sep 2nd Constantin Christian Dedekind, composer, dies at 87
  • Oct 13th Nicolas Malebranche, French philosopher (b. 1638)
  • Oct 15th Humphry Ditton, English mathematician (b. 1675)
  • Dec 14th Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1636)
  • Dec 15th George Hickes, English linguist (Old German Philology), dies at 73
  • Dec 28th William Carstares, Scottish minister (b. 1649)