Historical Events in 1731

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  • Jan 10 Charles Farnese becomes Duke of Parma/Piacenza

Music releaseMusic Premiere

Feb 2 George Frideric Handel's opera "Poro" premieres in London

  • Mar 16 Treaty of Vienna signed by Prince Eugene of Savoy, Count Sinzendorf and Count Gundacker, Thomas Stahremberg and the British envoy to Vienna, Sir Thomas Robinson.
  • Mar 24 Jerome (aka Hieronimus) de Salis naturalised as British by Act of Parliamentary.
  • Apr 9 British mariner Robert Jenkins' ear cut off by Spanish Guarde Costa in the Caribbean, later catalyst for war between Britain & Spain
  • May 28 All Hebrew books in Papal State are confiscated

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Jun 24 Freemason and Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen is appointed Provincial Grand Master of Pennsylvania, the first and youngest Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania

Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen
Mayor of Philadelphia
William Allen
  • Jul 22 Spain signs Treaty of Vienna
  • Sep 3 Willem KH Friso installed as viceroy of Friesland

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Nov 8 In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin opens 1st library in the north American colonies

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • Nov 30 Beijing hit by an earthquake; about 100,000 die
  • Dec 22 Dutch people revolt against meat tax
  • Dec 30 1st US music concert (Peter Pelham's great room in Boston)