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  • Feb 28th Frenchman Elias Neau opens a school for blacks in NYC
  • Feb 28th Indians attack Deerfield, Mass, kill 40, kidnap 100
  • Feb 29th French & Indians attack Deerfield, Mass, kill 50, abduct 100
  • Apr 17th 1st successful US newspaper; published in Boston by John Campbell
  • Apr 24th "Boston News-Letter" 1st successful newspaper in US, forms
  • May 1st Boston Newsletter publishes 1st newspaper advertisement
  • May 20th Elias Neau forms school for slaves in NY
  • Jul 12th Stanislaw Leszcynski becomes king of part of Poland
  • Jul 24th English & Dutch troops occupy Gibraltar
  • Aug 2nd Duke of Marlborough beats French & Bavarians at Blenheim
  • Aug 3rd English/Dutch fleet under Rooke/Callenburgh occupy Gibraltar
  • Aug 4th War of Spanish Succession, English & Dutch troops occupy Gibraltar
  • Aug 13th Battle of Blenheim (aka Second Battle of Höchstädt): a combined British, German & Dutch army led by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, decisively beat French & Bavarian forces.
  • Aug 24th Battle of Málaga: largest naval battle in the War of the Spanish Succession; Tactically indecisive but a Grand Alliance strategic victory