1716 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 8 Dutch gang leader "Sjako" arrested
  • Feb 6 Britain & Netherlands renew alliance
  • Feb 10 Scottish pretender to the throne James III Edward returns to France
  • Apr 15 Great Northern War: Prussian troops occupy Swedish controlled German port of Wismar
  • Jun 5 England & Emperor Karel VI signs military treaty
  • Jun 6 1st slaves arrive in Louisiana
  • Jun 25 Eugenius of Savoye named land guardian of Austrian Netherlands
  • Jul 8 Great Northern War: Battle of Dynekilen, a Danish-Norwegian force under Peter Tordenskjold trapped and defeated a similar Swedish force
  • Jul 18 Decree orders all Jews expelled from Brussels
  • Aug 5 Battle of Petrovaradin/Peterwardein: Habsburgs under Eugene of Savoy defeat the Turks in a decisive victory
  • Sep 6 1st lighthouse built in north America (Boston)
  • Sep 14 1st lighthouse in American colonies lit (Boston Harbor)
  • Oct 9 Britain & France sign treaty
  • Oct 13 Hungarian Emperor Karel VI's troops occupy Temesvar

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Nov 3 Pacification Treaty of Warsaw: Tsar Peter the Great guarantees Saxon monarch August I's Polish kingdom

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great
  • Nov 26 1st lion exhibited in America (Boston)

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 12 Antonio de Ulloa, Spanish general (d. 1795)
  • Jan 15 Philip Livingston, American businessman and politician (signed Declaration of Independence)
  • Jan 20 Carlos III, king of Naples/Spain (1759-88) Pompei/Jesuits
  • Jan 20 King Charles III of Spain (d. 1788)
  • Jan 20 Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer and numismatist (d. 1795)
  • Jan 26 George Sackville Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville
  • Mar 6 Pehr Kalm, Swedish explorer and naturalist (d. 1779)
  • May 29 Louis J M Daubenton, French zoologist
  • Jun 18 Joseph M Vien, French (court)painter
  • Jun 23 Fletcher Norton, 1st Baron Grantley, English politician (d. 1789)
  • Oct 3 Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist (d. 1781)
  • Oct 6 George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, English statesman (d. 1771)
  • Dec 1 Etienne-Maurice Falconet, French sculptor (d. 1791)
  • Dec 16 Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarini, Duc de Nivernais, French diplomat and writer (d. 1798)
  • Dec 24 Patrice F earl De Neney, South Netherlands chairman of Secret Council
  • Dec 25 Johann Jakob Reiske, German scholar and physician (d. 1774)
  • Dec 26 Thomas Gray, English poet (Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard)
  • Dec 26 Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French poet (d. 1803)

Weddings in History

  • Apr 8 Duke Karel Leopold of Mecklenburg-Schwerin signs covenant with Russia & marries Tsar Peter the Great's niece

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 William Wycherley, dramatist (The Country Wife), dies at about 75
  • Feb 19 Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter, Norwegian poet (b. 1634)
  • Apr 14 Arthur Herbert, 1st Earl of Torrington, British admiral
  • Apr 26 John Somers, 1st Baron Somers, Lord Chancellor of England (b. 1651)
  • Apr 28 Louis de Montfort, French catholic priest (b. 1673)
  • Jun 2 Ogata Korin, Japanese painter
  • Jun 5 Roger Cotes, English mathematician (b. 1682)
  • Jun 8 Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (b. 1658)
  • Jun 9 Banda Bahadur, Sikh military commander (executed)
  • Jun 28 George FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, English general (b. 1665)
  • Jul 8 Robert South, English churchman (b. 1634)
  • Jul 9 Joseph Sauveur, French sound engineer, dies at 63
  • Sep 26 Antoine Parent, French mathematician (b. 1666)
  • Oct 28 Stephen Fox, British politician (b. 1627)
  • Nov 2 Engelbert Kaempfer, German physician and traveler (b. 1651)
  • Nov 14 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, German philosopher and mathematician (differential and integral calculus), dies at 70
  • Dec 13 Charles de La Fosse, French painter (b. 1640)