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Events in History

  • Jan 14 Spanish King Philip V abdicates throne

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Jan 28 The Russian Academy of Sciences was founded in St. Petersburg by Peter the Great, and implemented in the Senate decree. It was called St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences until 1917.

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great

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Apr 1 Henry Pelham becomes English minister of War

British Prime Minister Henry Pelham
British Prime Minister
Henry Pelham

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Apr 1 Jonathan Swift publishes Drapier's letters

Author, Poet and Satirist Jonathan Swift
Author, Poet and Satirist
Jonathan Swift

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Apr 6 Thomas Pelham-Holles becomes British minister of Foreign Affairs

British Prime Minister Thomas Pelham-Holles
British Prime Minister
Thomas Pelham-Holles
  • Jun 23 Russia & Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople
  • Oct 13 Jonathan Swift publishes last of Drapier's letters
  • Oct 15 Cornelis Steenoven is 1st archbishop of Old-Catholic church
  • Nov 11 Joseph Blake, alias Blueskin, a highwayman known for attacking "Thief-Taker General" (and thief) Jonathan Wild at the Old Bailey, is hanged in London. (b. c. 1700)
  • Dec 7 Tumult of Thorn - religious unrest was followed by the execution of nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn (Toruń) by Polish authorities.
  • Dec 9 Colley Cibber's play "Caesar in Egypt" premieres in London
  • Dec 23 Emperor Charles VI names Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria land guardian of the Austrian Netherlands

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 24 Frances Brooke, English writer (d. 1789)
  • Feb 28 George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend, British field marshal (d. 1807)
  • Apr 12 Lyman Hall, US physician (signed Declaration of Independence)
  • Apr 22 Immanuel Kant, Konigsberg Germ, philosopher (Critique of Pure Reason)
  • Apr 27 Col. Thomas Gardner, a heroic political figure and soldier (d. 1775)
  • May 7 Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, Austrian general (d. 1797)
  • May 10 Johan A Zoutman, Dutch lt-admiral (battle of Doggersbank)
  • May 19 Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, British admiral and politician (d. 1779)
  • May 22 Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer (d. 1772)
  • Jun 8 John Smeaton, Leeds, civil engineer
  • Jul 2 Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, German poet
  • Jul 31 Noël François de Wailly, French lexicographer (d. 1801)
  • Aug 23 Abraham Yates, American Continental Congressman (d. 1796)
  • Aug 25 George Stubbs, England, animal painter (Horse Frightened by Lion)
  • Aug 27 John Joachim Zubly, Swiss-born Continental Congressman (d. 1781)
  • Sep 1 John Nieuwenhuijzen, theologist/co-founder (Society of It General)
  • Sep 3 Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester, British soldier and Governor of Quebec (d. 1808)
  • Oct 31 Christopher Anstey, English writer (d. 1805)
  • Nov 11 Willem A Alting, governor-general of Neth-Indies (1780-97)
  • Nov 21 John Ekels, the Old, Amsterdam painter/cartoonist
  • Nov 24 Maria Amalia of Saxony, queen of Spain (d. 1760)
  • Dec 1 Charles Theodoor, elector (Palts & Bayern)

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Dec 12 Samuel Hood, Butleigh, 1st Viscount Hood, British admiral, (d. 1816)

British Admiral Samuel Hood
British Admiral
Samuel Hood
  • Dec 13 Aepinus, [Franz UT Hoch], German physician/physicist
  • Dec 24 Johann Conrad Ammann, Swiss physician and naturalist (d. 1811)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 12 Elkanah Settle, English writer (b. 1648)
  • Mar 7 Innocent XIII, [Michelangiolo dei Conti], Pope (1721-24), dies at 68
  • Mar 8 Enrico Giovanni Zuccalli, Swiss architect, dies at about 81
  • May 3 John Leverett the Younger, American President of Harvard (b. 1662)
  • May 18 Johann K Amman, Swiss/Dutch doctor for deaf-mutes, dies at 54
  • Jun 15 Henry Sacheverell, English churchman and politician (b. 1674)
  • Oct 2 François-Timoléon de Choisy, French writer (b. 1644)
  • Nov 16 Jack Sheppard, English robber, hanged
  • Nov 18 Bartolomeu de Gusmão, Portuguese naturalist (b. 1685)