Today in History for Year 1717

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 15 of 15

Jan 4th - Netherlands, England & 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
Jul 17th - 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
Aug 16th - Prince Eugenius of Savoye occupies Belgrade
Aug 17th - France, Russia & Prussia sign agreement
Aug 22nd - Spanish troops lands on Sardinia
Nov 28th - Blackbeard attacks a French merchant vessel called "La Concorde", which he would capture and rename as the "Queen Anne's Revenge"
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
Pirate BlackbeardPirate Blackbeard Dec 25th - Floods ravage Dutch coast provinces, thousands killed

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 32 of 32

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, actor/producer/writer (Aboan-Oroonoko), (d. 2013)
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)
Enlightenment Philosopher Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'AlembertEnlightenment Philosopher Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert (Nov 16th) Nov 16th - Jean-Baptiste Le Rond d'Alembert, French Enlightenment philosophe/mathematician (Encyclopédie), (d. 1783)
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

Deaths 1 - 13 of 13

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)

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