What Happened in 1715

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Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 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 6 Pro-James III-uprising in Scotland
  • Nov 13 Battle of Sheriffmuir during Jacobite rebellion. Battle inconclusive but Government forces halt advance of Jacobite army lead by Scottish Earl of Mar
  • Nov 15 Barrier Treaty, Austria cedes area to Netherlands
  • Nov 24 London's Thames River freezes over
  • Nov 25 First English patent granted to an American, for processing corn
  • Dec 12 Russian/Prussian troops occupy Stralsund [NS=12/23]
  • Dec 22 English pretender to the throne James III lands at Peterhead
  • Dec 23 Russian/Prussian troops occupy Stralsund
  • Dec 24 Swedish troops occupy Norway

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 10 Christian August Crusius, German philosopher and theologian (d. 1775)
  • Jan 12 Jacques Duphly, composer
  • Jan 26 Claude Helvetius, philosopher, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 27 Vaclav Kalous, composer
  • Jan 29 Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Austrian (court) composer/pianist
  • Mar 4 James Waldegrave, 2nd Earl Waldegrave, British statesman (d. 1763)
  • Mar 7 Ephraim Williams, American philanthropist (d. 1755)
  • Mar 7 Ewald Christian von Kleist, German poet (d. 1759)
  • Mar 19 Charles-Joseph van Helmont, composer
  • Apr 3 John Hanson, Continental Congressman, 1st US President under Articles of Confederation, born in Maryland (d.1783)
  • Apr 3 William Watson, English physician and scientist (d. 1787)
  • Apr 11 John Alcock, English composer and organist, born in London (d. 1806)
  • Apr 17 Johann Wolfgang Kleinknecht, composer
  • Apr 19 James Nares, English composer, born in Stanwell (d. 1783)
  • Apr 23 Johann Friedrich Doles, composer
  • Apr 28 Franz Sparry, composer
  • May 4 Richard Graves, English writer (d. 1804)
  • May 5 Daniel Dal Barba, composer
  • May 22 François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis, French cardinal and statesman (d. 1794)
  • Jun 2 Herman-Francois Delange, composer
  • Jun 25 Joseph-François Foulon, French politician (d. 1789)
  • Jul 4 Christian F Gellert, Saxony, poet/novelist (Fables & Tales)
  • Jul 16 Charles, Prince de Rohan-Soubise, marshal of France
  • Jul 25 Immanuel J Pyra, German poet (Temple of Real Poetry)
  • Aug 6 Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues, French writer (d. 1747)
  • Sep 22 Jean-Étienne Guettard, French physician and scientist (d. 1786)
  • Sep 30 Étienne Bonnot de Condillac, French philosopher (d. 1780)
  • Oct 5 Victor de Riqueti, marquis de Mirabeau, French economist (d. 1789)
  • Oct 8 Michel Benoist, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1774)
  • Oct 23 Peter II Aleksejevitsj, Saint Petersburg, tsar of Russia (1727-30)
  • Nov 5 John Brown, English writer (d. 1766)
  • Nov 8 Elisabeth C van Brunswick-Bevern, wife of Frederik II "the Great"
  • Nov 13 Dorothea Erxleben, German, first female medical doctor (d. 1762)
  • Nov 16 Girolamo Abos, composer
  • Nov 23 Pierre Charles Le Monnier, French astronomer (d. 1799)
  • Dec 8 John Althuysen, Frisian vicar/poet (Frisianche rymlery)
  • Dec 9 Georg Gottfried Petri, composer
  • Dec 12 Gennaro Manna, composer
  • Dec 27 Philippe de Noailles, duc de Mouchy, French soldier (d. 1794)

Famous Deaths

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

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