What Happened in 1717

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Historical Events

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

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

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

Pirate Blackbeard
  • Dec 5th Blackbeard ransacks the merchant sloop "Margaret" and keeps her captain, Henry Bostock, prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock would later provide the first recorded of Blackbeard's appearance, with specific reference to his "very black beard", providing the source for his name
  • Dec 25th Floods ravage Dutch coast provinces, thousands killed

Famous Birthdays

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 16th Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert, French Enlightenment philosophe/mathematician (Encyclopédie), (d. 1783)

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

Famous Deaths

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