Historical Events in 1717

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

Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

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

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

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

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

Pirate Blackbeard
Pirate
Blackbeard
  • Dec 5 English pirate Blackbeard ransacks the merchant sloop "Margaret" and keeps her captain, Henry Bostock prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock later provides 1st record of Blackbeard's appearance, and the source for his name
  • Dec 25 Floods ravage Dutch coast provinces, thousands killed