Historical Events in 1720

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  • Jan 6 The Committee of Inquiry on the South Sea Bubble publishes its findings.
  • Feb 1 Sweden and Prussia sign peace treaty

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Feb 10 Edmond Halley appointed as the second Astronomer Royal at the Greenwich Observatory

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley
  • Feb 11 Sweden & Prussia sign peace (2nd Treaty of Stockholm)
  • Feb 29 Queen Ulrica Eleonora of Sweden resigns
  • May 25 The Ship "Le Grand St Antoine" reaches Marseille, bringing Europe's last major plague outbreak. Kills around 100,000.
  • Jun 9 Sweden & Denmark signs 3rd Treaty of Stockholm
  • Jun 10 Mrs Clements of England markets first paste-style mustard
  • Jul 3 Sweden & Denmark sign peace treaty
  • Jul 27 The second important victory of the Russian Navy - the Battle of Grengam.
  • Sep 12 Isaak of Hoornbeek elected Dutch pension advisor
  • Oct 10 French government proclaims strike on banknotes
  • Oct 17 Pierre de Marivaux' "Arlequin Poli Par l'Amour" premieres in Paris
  • Nov 9 Rabbi Yehuda Hasid synagogue set afire

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Nov 15 Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and John Rackham are captured by Capt. Jonathan Barnet and brought to Spanish Town, Jamaica, for trial

Pirate Anne Bonny
Pirate
Anne Bonny
  • Nov 28 Anne Bonny and Mary Read are tried, found guilty of pirating, and sentenced to death in Spanish Town, Jamaica, although their discovered pregnancies won them stays of execution