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: The army of Iranian ruler Nadir Shah defeats the forces of the Mughal emperor of India, Muhammad Shah.
  • Mar 20 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
  • Jul 10 King George II authorised the Admiralty Board to seek maritime reprisals against Spain (War of Jenkin's Ear)
  • Jul 22 Ottoman Empire defeats Austria at Crocyka (Krotzka) in Serbia & subsequently successfully laid seige 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]