What Happened in 1720

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Significant Events

  • Feb 10 Edmond Halley appointed as the second Astronomer Royal at the Greenwich Observatory
  • May 25 The Ship "Le Grand St Antoine" reaches Marseille, bringing Europe's last major plague outbreak. Kills around 100,000.
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Did You Know?

Mrs Clements of England markets first paste-style mustard

On June 10, 1720


World Leaders in 1720

Famous People in 1720

Famous People Born in 1720

  • Jan 4 Johann Friedrich Agricola, German (court)composer/organist
  • Jan 11 Gijsbert John van Hardenbroeck, Utrechts regent
  • Jan 13 Richard Hurd, English bishop and writer (d. 1808)
  • Jan 27 Samuel Foote, British actor, dramatist and theatre manager (Mirror), born in Truro, Cornwall (d. 1777)
  • Jan 30 Charles De Geer, Swedish industrialist and entomologist (d. 1778)
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Famous Deaths

  • Jan 31 Thomas Grey, 2nd Earl of Stamford, English privy councillor (c. 1654)
  • Feb 27 Samuel Parris, English-born Puritan minister (b. 1653)
  • Mar 6 Pieter van Flowers, Flemish painter, buried at 63
  • Mar 8 Georg Bronner, German composer and organist, dies at 53
  • Apr 2 Joseph Dudley, colonial Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1647)
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