Historical Events in 1718

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  • Jan 9th France declares war on Spain
  • Jan 17th Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switz; kills 53
  • May 7th The city of New Orleans was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville .
  • May 15th James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun
  • Jun 26th Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great's son, mysteriously dies after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him.
  • Jul 21st The Treaty of Passarowitz between the Ottoman Empire, Austria and the Republic of Venice is signed.
  • Aug 2nd Austrian joins Triple Alliance
  • Aug 11th Battle at Cape Passaro: English fleet destroys Spanish off Sicily
  • Aug 21st Emperor Karel VI, Turkey & Venice sign peace treaty
  • Aug 25th Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans, founded

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Nov 18th Voltaire's "Oedipe" premieres in Paris

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  • Dec 17th France, Britain and Austria declare war on Spain (War of the Quadruple Alliance 1718–1720)