1726 in History

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Events in History

  • Feb 8 The Supreme Privy Council is established in Russia.
  • May 9 Five men arrested during a raid on Mother Clap's molly house in London are executed at Tyburn.
  • May 24 -26] People's revolt due to increase in gin/brandy tax
  • Jun 11 Cardinal Fleury succeeds Duke of Bourbon as French premier

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 23 Benjamin Franklin sails back to Philadelphia

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • Aug 6 Emperor Karel VI & Tsarina Catharine the Great sign military treaty
  • Aug 9 Netherlands signs Covenant of Hannover
  • Oct 11 Benjamin Franklin returns to Philadelphia from England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 28 "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift is published by Benjamin Motte in London

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

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 4 Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, Dutch engraver/art collector
  • Jan 18 Hendrik D F L, prince of Prussia/diplomat
  • Feb 15 Abraham Clark, Elizabethtown, New Jersey, American politician, signed Declaration of Independence
  • Mar 8 Richard Howe, British admiral (d. 1799)
  • Apr 8 Lewis Morris, US farmer (signed Declaration of Independence)
  • Apr 20 Jozef de Ferraris, French/Austrian earl/general/cartographer
  • Apr 26 Pasquale Paoli, Corsican freedom fighter
  • May 20 Francis Cotes, English painter (d. 1770)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 3 James Hutton, geologist, born in Edinburgh, Scotland

Geologist James Hutton
Geologist
James Hutton
  • Jun 25 Thomas Pennant, British naturalist
  • Aug 7 James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician (d. 1790)
  • Aug 9 Francesco Cetti, Italian Jesuit scientist (d. 1778)
  • Oct 14 Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham, English sailor and politician (d. 1813)
  • Oct 16 Daniel Chodowiecki, Polish painter (d. 1801)
  • Nov 20 Oliver Wolcott, US judge, signed US Declaration of Independence, born in Windsor, Connecticut (d. 1797) [NS=Dec 1]
  • Nov 30 Jacques Aliamet, French etcher/engraver
  • Dec 1 Eggert Olafsson, Icelandic writer

Deaths in History

  • Jan 25 Guillaume Delisle, French cartographer (b. 1675)
  • Feb 26 Maximilian II M Emanuel, elect of Bavaria/governor of Netherlands, dies
  • Mar 5 Evelyn Pierrepont, 1st Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull, English politician
  • Mar 26 John Vanbrugh, Dutch/English playwright (Provoked Wife), dies at 62
  • Apr 17 Henriette Amalia, ruler of Nassau-Dietz, dies at 49
  • Apr 26 Jeremy Collier, Engl bishop/historian/opponent to theater, dies at 75
  • Apr 28 Thomas Pitt, British Governor of Madras (b. 1653)
  • May 10 Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, English soldier (b. 1670)
  • May 14 John B Wellekens, poet/painter (Wedding Guests), dies
  • May 14 Moshe Darshan, Rabbi/author (Torat Ahsam), dies
  • Jul 8 John Ker, Scottish spy (b. 1673)
  • Jul 22 Hugh Drysdale, British Colonial Governor of Virginia
  • Jul 31 Nicolaus II Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (b. 1695)
  • Dec 2 Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian (b. 1665)