Historical Events in 1739

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  • Jan 1 J B C Bouvet de Lozier discovers Bouvet Island, near Antarctica
  • Jan 14 Britain and Spain sign 2nd Convention of Pardo
  • Feb 24 Battle of Karnal: Army of Iranian ruler Nadir Shah defeats the forces of the Mughal emperor of India, Muhammad Shah
  • Mar 20 Iranian ruler Nadir Shah occupies Delhi in India and sacks the city, stealing the jewels of the Peacock Throne.
  • Apr 5 French emperor Karel VI sign secret treaty
  • Apr 7 Dick Turpin executed in England for horse stealing
  • Apr 21 Spain & Naples-Austria sign peace accord

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 10 King George II authorised the Admiralty Board to seek maritime reprisals against Spain (War of Jenkin's Ear)

King of Great Britain and Ireland George II
King of Great Britain and Ireland
George II
  • Jul 22 Ottoman Empire defeats Austria at Crocyka (Krotzka) in Serbia & subsequently successfully laid siege to Belgrade
  • Jul 30 Caspar Wistar begins glass manufacturing in Allowaystown, NJ
  • Sep 1 35 Jews sentenced to life in prison in Lisbon Portugal
  • Sep 9 Slave revolt in Stono SC led by Jemmy (25 whites killed)
  • Sep 18 Turkey & Austria sign peace treaty-Austria cedes Belgrade to Turks
  • Sep 23 Russia & Turkey sign Peace of Belgrade
  • Oct 3 The Treaty of Nissa is signed by the Ottoman Empire and Russia at the end of the Russian-Turkish War, 1736-1739.
  • Oct 19 England declares war on Spain [OS=Oct 30]

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Oct 23 War of Jenkins' Ear starts: British Prime Minister, Robert Walpole, reluctantly declares war on Spain

1st British Prime Minister Robert Walpole
1st British Prime Minister
Robert Walpole
  • Oct 30 Great Britain declares war on Spain: War of Jenkin's Ear [NS=Oct 19]