Historical Events in 1715

  • Apr 15 Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
  • Apr 20 Nicholas Rowe's play "The Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey" premieres in London
  • Apr 29 John Flamsteed observes Uranus for 6th time
  • May 1 Prussia declares war on Sweden
  • May 3 Edmund Halley observes total eclipse phenomenon "Baily's Beads"
  • Jul 29 10 Spanish treasure galleons sinks off Florida coast by hurricane
  • Jul 30 Spanish gold & silver fleet disappears off St Lucie, Florida
  • Aug 1 First Doggett's Coat and Badge race (Waterman's race) held on Thames River (London Bridge to Chelsea)

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Sep 1 King Louis XIV of France dies after a reign of 72 years—the longest of any major European monarch.

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • Sep 6 Pro-James III-uprising in Scotland
  • Nov 13 Battle of Sheriffmuir during Jacobite rebellion. Battle inconclusive but Government forces halt advance of Jacobite army lead by Scottish Earl of Mar
  • Nov 15 Barrier Treaty, Austria cedes area to Netherlands
  • Nov 24 London's Thames River freezes over
  • Nov 25 First English patent granted to an American, for processing corn
  • Dec 12 Russian/Prussian troops occupy Stralsund [NS=12/23]
  • Dec 22 English pretender to the throne James III lands at Peterhead
  • Dec 23 Russian/Prussian troops occupy Stralsund
  • Dec 24 Swedish troops occupy Norway