What Happened in 1717

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Historical Events

  • Jan 4 Netherlands, Great Britain & France sign Triple Alliance
  • Jan 5 Prussian King Frederik Willem I buys conscript for nobles
  • Jan 14 German mob leader "Sjako" sentenced to death in Amsterdam
  • Feb 1 Henri d'Aguesseau's 1st appointment as chancellor of France
  • Mar 2 The Loves of Mars and Venus becomes the first ballet performed in England.
  • Mar 31 A sermon on "The Nature of the Kingdom of Christ" by Benjamin Hoadly, the Bishop of Bangor, provoked the Bangorian Controversy.
  • Jun 24 1st Free Masons' grand lodge founded in London

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Jul 17 George Frideric Handel's "Water Music" premieres on the river Thames in London

  • Jul 28 Prussian king Frederik Willhelm I gives compulsory education to 5-12 yrs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 Nicholas Rowe is appointed British Poet Laureate by George I

King George I
King
George I
  • Aug 16 Prince Eugenius of Savoye occupies Belgrade
  • Aug 17 France, Russia & Prussia sign agreement
  • Aug 22 Spanish troops lands on Sardinia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 28 Blackbeard attacks a French merchant vessel called "La Concorde", which he would capture and rename as the "Queen Anne's Revenge"

Pirate Blackbeard
Pirate
Blackbeard
  • Dec 5 English pirate Blackbeard ransacks the merchant sloop "Margaret" and keeps her captain, Henry Bostock prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock later provides 1st record of Blackbeard's appearance, and the source for his name
  • Dec 25 Floods ravage Dutch coast provinces, thousands killed

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 4 Antonio Maria Mazzoni, composer
  • Jan 5 William Wildman Shute Barrington, British statesman (d. 1793)
  • Jan 28 Mustafa III, Ottoman Sultan (d. 1774). Reigned 1757-74.
  • Jan 29 Jeffrey Amherst, English gov-gen of America/fieldmarshal
  • Feb 2 Ernst Gideon Freiherr von Laudon, Austrian field marshal (d. 1790)
  • Feb 10 Pierre de La Garde, composer
  • Feb 19 David Garrick, English actor/producer/writer (Aboan-Oroonoko), (d. 1779)
  • Feb 24 Bernhard Hupfeld, composer
  • Feb 26 John Randall, British composer (d. 1799)
  • Mar 26 Manuel Jeronimo Romero de Avila, composer
  • Mar 31 Florian Wrastill, composer
  • Apr 9 Georg Matthias Monn, composer
  • Apr 30 Guillaume Gommaire Kennis, composer
  • May 13 Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria (Wife of emperor Franz I)
  • Jun 8 John Collins, American politician (d. 1795)
  • Jun 19 Johann Wenzel Anton Stamitz, composer
  • Jun 20 Jacques Saly, French sculptor (d. 1776)
  • Jun 27 Louis Guillaume Lemonnier, French botanist (d. 1799)
  • Jul 5 Pedro III of Portugal, consort of Maria I of Portugal (d. 1786)
  • Aug 13 Christoph Nichelsmann, German composer
  • Aug 13 Louis François I, Prince of Conti, French military leader (d. 1776)
  • Aug 15 Blind Jack, English roadbuilder (d. 1810)
  • Sep 4 Job Orton, English minister (d. 1783)
  • Sep 22 Pehr Wilhelm Wargentin, Swedish astronomer (d. 1783)
  • Sep 24 Horace Walpole, England, British horror writer (Castle of Otranto)
  • Oct 5 Marie-Anne de Mailly-Nesle duchess de Châteauroux, French mistress of King Louis XV of France (d. 1744)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 16 Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert, French Enlightenment philosopher and mathematician (Encyclopédie), born in Paris (d. 1783)

Enlightenment Philosopher Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert
Enlightenment Philosopher
Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert
  • Dec 9 Johann J Winckelmann, German archaeologist (History of Ancient Art)
  • Dec 16 Elizabeth Carter, English writer (d. 1806)
  • Dec 20 Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat (d. 1787)
  • Dec 25 Pius VI, [Giovanni A Braschi], Italy, Pope (1775-99)
  • Dec 27 Pope Pius VI (d. 1799)

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Pierre Allix, French/British theologist/vicar, dies at about 75
  • Mar 19 John Campbell, 1st Earl of Breadalbane and Holland, Scottish royalist
  • Apr 3 Jacques Ozanam, French mathematician (b. 1640)
  • Apr 5 Jean Jouvenet, French painter (b. 1647)
  • May 10 John Hathorne, American magistrate (b. 1641)
  • May 20 John Trevor, British statesman (b. 1637)
  • Jun 9 Jeanne-Marie Bouvier de la Mothe-Guyon, French mystic, dies at 69
  • Jun 9 Louis Le Quointe, composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 21 Niccolo Amenta, Italian poet (La Gostanza), dies
  • Aug 10 Nicolaas Witsen, etcher/mayor (Amsterdam), dies
  • Oct 26 Catherine Sedley, English mistress of James II of England (b. 1657)
  • Nov 2 Johann Jacob Walther, composer, dies
  • Nov 26 Daniel Purcell, British composer (b. 1664)