English History (Part 8)

Historical Events

Events 701 - 800 of 1,344

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1775-07-30 Captain James Cook with Resolution returns to England

Explorer James Cook
James Cook
  • 1777-01-15 People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England

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1779-10-08 English engraver and poet William Blake begins study at the Royal Academy, Old Somerset House, London

Poet/Artist William Blake
William Blake
  • 1780-08-22 HMS Resolution, without Captain James Cook, returns to England
  • 1785-01-07 1st balloon flight across English Channel by Jean Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries
  • 1787-05-17 English slave ship Sisters, en route from Africa to Cuba, capsizes killing hundreds
  • 1788-01-18 First elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay to set up a penal colony
  • 1790-03-27 The modern shoelace with an aglet patented in England by Harvey Kennedy
  • 1790-11-11 Chrysanthemums are introduced to England from China
  • 1791-07-14 The Priestley Riots drive Joseph Priestley, a supporter of the French Revolution, out of Birmingham, England
  • 1792-11-14 Captain George Vancouver is first Englishman to enter San Francisco Bay
  • 1793-04-15 Bank of England issues first £5 note
  • 1793-09-29 Tennis is 1st mentioned in an English sporting magazine
  • 1795-01-18 Governor and Viceroy Willem V flees Scheveningen to England
  • 1795-02-17 Thomas Seddal harvests 8.3-kg potato from his garden Chester, England
  • 1795-04-23 William Hastings acquitted in England of high treason
  • 1795-08-15 Joseph Haydn leaves England forever
  • 1795-08-20 Joseph Haydn returns to Vienna from England

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1795-09-15 "Lyrical Ballads" published by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth - 1st work of English Romantic movement (probable date)

Poet, Critic, and Philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Poet, Critic, and Philosopher
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Poet William Wordsworth
William Wordsworth
  • 1796-02-29 Jay's Treaty proclaimed, settles some differences with England
  • 1796-05-14 English country doctor Edward Jenner administers the first inoculation against smallpox, using cowpox pus, in Berkeley, Gloucestershire
  • 1796-10-05 Spain declares war on England
  • 1797-02-26 Bank of England issues first £1 note
  • 1797-05-12 Nore Mutiny: British Royal Navy sailors mutiny on the Thames, England and blockade London
  • 1803-10-21 English scientist John Dalton reads his paper on the absorption of gases by water to the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Soc - 1st outline of his atomic theory
  • 1804-01-30 Scottish explorer Mungo Park leaves England seeking source of Niger River
  • 1804-08-25 Alice Meynell becomes 1st woman jockey riding in York, England
  • 1805-07-08 American Bill Richmond knocks out Jack Holmes, Kilburn Wells, England
  • 1807-01-01 Curacao is taken by English (until March, 1816)
  • 1807-02-24 17 die & 15 wounded in a crush to witness execution of Holloway, Heggerty & Elizabeth Godfrey in England
  • 1809-04-18 First run of 2,000 guineas horse race at Newmarket, England

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1810-05-03 English poet Lord Byron swims the Hellespont (modern day Dardanelles)

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron
  • 1812-05-11 Waltz introduced into English ballrooms. Some observers consider it disgusting and immoral.
  • 1812-09-03 World's first cannery ( Donkin, Hall and Gamble) opens in London, England to supply food to the Royal Navy

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1814-04-26 King Louis XVIII lands at Calais from England

King of France Louis XVIII
King of France

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1814-07-25 English engineer George Stephenson introduces his first steam locomotive, a travelling engine designed for hauling coal on the Killingworth wagonway named Blücher

Engineer Known as the Father of Railways George Stephenson
Engineer Known as the Father of Railways
George Stephenson
  • 1814-10-23 1st plastic surgery is performed (England)
  • 1815-07-15 1st flat horse race held at English race track Cheltenham on Nottingham Hill
  • 1815-11-20 Russia, Prussia, Austria and England signs Alliance "for the maintenance of peace in Europe" same day as Treaty of Paris
  • 1816-10-21 The Penang Free School is founded in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, by the Rev Hutchings. It is the oldest English-language school in Southeast Asia.
  • 1818-09-30 Congress of Aken: Russia, Austria, Prussia, France & England
  • 1818-10-08 Two English boxers are first to use padded gloves
  • 1819-08-16 Peterloo Massacre, Manchester, England: cavalry charges demonstrators, 15 people killed and 400–700 injured
  • 1820-01-12 Astronomical Society of London (now the Royal Astronomical Society) founded in England
  • 1823-02-20 English Captain James Weddell reaches 74°15' S, 1520 km from South Pole
  • 1824-10-21 Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement (Yorkshire, England)
  • 1825-03-02 1st grand opera in US sung in English, NYC
  • 1825-09-27 George Stephenson's "Locomotion No. 1" becomes the 1st steam locomotive to carry passengers on a public rail line, the Stockton and Darlington Railway in England
  • 1826-11-27 John Walker invents friction match in England
  • 1827-03-07 Shrigley Abduction: Ellen Turner, a wealthy heiress in Cheshire, England, is abducted by Edward Gibbon Wakefield, a future politician in colonial New Zealand.
  • 1827-04-07 English chemist John Walker invents wooden matches

  • 1828-10-25 St Katharine Docks opens in London, England
  • 1830-05-18 Edwin Budding of England signs an agreement for the manufacture of his invention, lawn mower. Saturdays are destroyed forever
  • 1830-09-15 First passenger to be killed by a railway train (William Huskisson, England)

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1831-03-01 Lord John Russell introduces the Reform Bill in the British House of Commons on the government's behalf to revamp the electoral system of England and Wales and increase the franchise

British Prime Minister John Russell
British Prime Minister
John Russell
  • 1831-04-14 Soldiers marching on a bridge in Manchester, England, cause it to collapse.

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1831-12-27 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin on board departs England for a survey of South America, a voyage Darwin later said "determined my whole career"

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin

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1832-03-22 British Parliament, led by Charles Grey, passes the Reform Act, introducing wide-ranging changes to electoral system of England and Wales, increasing electorate from about 500,000 voters to 813,000

British Prime Minister Charles Grey
British Prime Minister
Charles Grey
British Prime Minister John Russell
British Prime Minister
John Russell
  • 1834-03-18 Six farm labourers from Tolpuddle, Dorset, England are sentenced to be transported to Australia for forming a trade union
  • 1835-08-11 George B Airy begins 46-year reign as England's Astronomer Royal
  • 1836-07-30 First English language newspaper published in Hawaii
  • 1836-10-02 After 5 years at sea Charles Darwin returns to England aboard the HMS Beagle
  • 1836-12-27 Worst English avalanche kills 8 of 15 buried (Lewes Sussex)
  • 1837-06-11 The Broad Street Riot occurs in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between English-Americans and Irish-Americans
  • 1838-04-08 Steamship "Great Western" makes her maiden voyage from Bristol, England, to New York
  • 1838-04-22 English steamship "Sirius" docks in NYC after crossing the Atlantic, first transatlantic steam passenger service
  • 1838-04-23 English steamship "Great Western" crossing Atlantic docks in NYC
  • 1838-07-04 Huskar Colliery Mining Disaster in Silkstone England: mining pit floods drown 26 children, leads to 1842 'Mines and Collieries Act' bans women and children working underground
  • 1838-09-24 Anti-Corn-Law League forms to repeal English Corn Law
  • 1838-11-03 The Times of India, world's largest circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce
  • 1839-01-06 2 day storm off Irish & English coast immortalized as the "Big Wind"
  • 1839-07-27 Chartist riots break out in Birmingham, England
  • 1839-09-09 English scientist and astronomer John Herschel takes 1st glass plate photograph
  • 1840-01-05 Records show 95,820 licensed public houses in England on this date

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1842-01-03 Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine leave Liverpool, England for America on board the RMS Britannia

Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
  • 1844-12-21 The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement.
  • 1845-05-20 HMS Erebus and HMS Terror with 134 men under John Franklin sail from the River Thames in England, beginning a disastrous expedition to find the Northwest Passage. All hands are lost.
  • 1846-06-10 Robert Thomson obtains an English patent on a rubber tyre
  • 1846-07-21 Mormons found 1st English settlement in California (San Joaquin Valley)

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1846-08-26 Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio "Elijah" premieres at the Birmingham Festival in England

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • 1847-03-01 Michigan becomes 1st English-speaking jurisdiction to abolish the death penalty (except for treason against the state)
  • 1847-10-20 12 year old English boy William Nelman poisons his grandpa with arsenic, would become famous court case
  • 1848-07-11 Edmund Hickly gets 1st known 10 wicket innings (Kent v England)
  • 1848-09-19 Hyperion, moon of Saturn, discovered by Bond (US) & Lassell (England)
  • 1849-04-25 The Governor General of Canada, Lord Elgin, signs the Rebellion Losses Bill, outraging Montreal's English population and triggering the Montreal Riots.
  • 1850-01-20 HMS Investigator headed by Robert McClure leaves England, 1st expedition to make a Northwest passage (though some over ice)
  • 1850-06-04 Self-deodorizing fertilizer patented in England
  • 1850-09-24 Papal Bull issued, establishes Roman Catholic hierarchy in England
  • 1854-05-05 British Commodore James Plumridge attacks Finnish settlements in Gulf of Bothnia, killing civilans and destroying British-owned goods.
  • 1854-09-04 English/French assault on Petropavlovsk Kamchatka
  • 1854-10-23 English newspaper "The Times" gives precise British positions in Crimea during Crimean War
  • 1855-02-08 The Devil's Footprints, hoof-like marks mysteriously appear for over 60km after a snowfall in southern Devon, England
  • 1856-05-27 Doctor William Palmer (the Rugeley Poisoner ) found guilty of poisoning in Stafford, England
  • 1858-01-30 Charles Halle founds Halle Orchestra in Manchester, England
  • 1859-05-04 The Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge linking the counties of Devon and Cornwall in England.
  • 1859-06-28 1st dog show held (Newcastle-on-Tyne, England)
  • 1859-07-22 V E Walker takes 10-74 in an innings for England v Surrey

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1859-09-17 Joshua Abraham Norton, English-born resident of San Francisco, proclaims himself his Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States of America

Emperor of the USA Emperor Norton
Emperor of the USA
Emperor Norton
  • 1859-11-24 English naturalist Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species" radically changing the view of evolution and laying the foundation for evolutionary biology
  • 1860-12-26 First ever inter-club football match between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 701 - 800 of 4,809

Person of interestRobert Peel

1788-02-05 Robert "Bobbie" Peel, British Prime Minister (Tory/Conservative/Peelite: 1834-35; 1841-46), founder of the British Conservative Party and founder of the modern police force (Bobbies), born in Ramsbottom, England (d. 1850)

British Prime Minister Robert Peel
British Prime Minister
Robert Peel
  • 1788-08-22 Thomas Tredgold, English railway engineer and carpenter,born in Brandon, Durham, England (d. 1829)
  • 1788-09-22 Theodore Edward Hook, English author (d. 1841)
  • 1788-09-30 FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan, British Army officer (commander of the British forces during the Crimean War), born in Badminton, England (d. 1855)
  • 1789-03-17 Edmund Kean, British Shakespearean tragic actor (Shylock), born in London, England (d. 1833)
  • 1789-07-19 John Martin, English painter and engraver, born in Haydon Bridge, Northumberland, England (d. 1854)
  • 1789-09-28 Richard Bright, England, physician (Bright's Disease/nephritis)
  • 1789-10-08 William John Swainson, English naturalist and artist, born in Newington, London (d. 1855)
  • 1790-04-30 John Cockerill, English/Belgian industrialist
  • 1790-08-19 Edward John Dent, British Clockmaker to Queen Victoria and commissioned to make Big Ben, London (completed after his death by his son Frederick Dent), born in London, England
  • 1790-12-19 William Parry, English Arctic explorer (Parry Channel), born in Bath, England (d. 1855)
  • 1791-03-15 Charles Knight, English publisher (d. 1873)
  • 1791-04-09 George Peacock, English mathematician (algebraic theory), born in County Durham, England (d. 1858)
  • 1791-09-22 Michael Faraday, English scientist who discovered principle of electric motor, born in Newington Butts, England (d. 1867)

Person of interestCharles Babbage

1791-12-26 Charles Babbage, British inventor (calculating machine), born in London, England (d. 1871)

Inventor Charles Babbage
Charles Babbage
  • 1792-02-20 Eliza Courtney, English illegitimate daughter of Charles Grey and Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, born in Aix-en-Provence (d. 1859)
  • 1792-03-07 John Herschel, Slough England, William Herschel's son, astronomer
  • 1792-04-12 John George Lambton, British statesman (1st Earl of Durham), born in London, England (d. 1840)
  • 1792-06-16 John Linnell, English artist (d. 1882)
  • 1792-08-04 Percy Bysshe Shelley, English romantic poet (Adonais), born in Horsham, Sussex, England (d. 1822)
  • 1792-09-27 George Cruikshank, caricaturist (Oliver Twist), born in London, England
  • 1792-10-05 Joseph Crosfield, English soap and alkali manufacturer (d. 1844)
  • 1792-11-11 Mary Anne Evans, English wife of Benjamin Disraeli (d. 1872)
  • 1792-11-13 Edward John Trelawny, English traveler and author (Adv of Younger Son), born in London (d. 1881)
  • 1793-03-03 William Charles Macready, British actor, manager, and diarist, born in London, England (d. 1873)
  • 1793-07-13 John Clare, English poet (Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery), born in Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England (d. 1864)
  • 1793-09-25 Felicia Dorothea Hemans, English poet, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1835)
  • 1794-06-28 Allen Frances Gardiner, British naval officer and missionary in inter alia Port Natal, born in Basildon, Berkshire, England (d. 1851)
  • 1794-09-09 William Lonsdale, Bath, English Geologist and Paleontologist (fossil coral)
  • 1795-03-14 Robert Lucas Pearsall, English composer, born in Bristol, England (d. 1856)
  • 1795-04-28 Charles Sturt, English explorer (Australia), born in Bengal, British India (d. 1869)
  • 1795-06-13 Thomas Arnold, English educator and historian (History of Rome), born in West Cowes, Isle of Wight, England (d. 1842)
  • 1795-09-06 Frances Wright, Scottish writer and lecturer, born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 1852)

Person of interestJohn Keats

1795-10-31 John Keats, English Romantic poet (Ode to a Grecian Urn), born in London (d. 1821)

Romantic Poet John Keats
Romantic Poet
John Keats
  • 1795-12-22 Thomas Ainsworth, English/Neth industrialist (Twentse textile)
  • 1796-07-18 Feargus O'Connor, Leader of English Chartists, born in County Cork (d. 1855)
  • 1796-09-19 Hartley Coleridge, English poet (d. 1849)
  • 1796-10-09 Joseph Bonomi the Younger, English artist and Egyptologist, born in London (d. 1878)
  • 1796-11-06 George Back, English sea officer and explorer (North Canada), born in Stockport, Cheshire (d. 1878)
  • 1797-04-10 Claude Ambroise Seurat, Frenchman exhibited in England as "Human Skeleton", born in Champaigne France (d. 1826)

Person of interestMary Shelley

1797-08-30 Mary Shelley, English author (Frankenstein), born in London, England (d. 1851)

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley
  • 1797-10-16 James Brudenell, British Earl Of Cardigan (led the Charge of the Light Brigade), born in Hambleden, England (d. 1868)
  • 1798-01-29 Henry Neele, poet, born in London, England
  • 1799-02-05 John Lindley, English botanist (Elements of Botany)

Person of interestAnna Atkins

1799-03-16 Anna Atkins, English botanist, photographer and the 1st person to publish a book illustrated with photographic images, born in Tonbridge, England (d. 1871)

Botanist and Photographer Anna Atkins
Botanist and Photographer
Anna Atkins

Person of interestEdward Smith-Stanley

1799-03-29 Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1852, 1858-59, 1866-68), born in Knowsley, England (d. 1869)

British Prime Minister Edward Smith-Stanley
British Prime Minister
Edward Smith-Stanley
  • 1799-05-23 Thomas Hood, English poet/composer (Song of the Shirt)

Person of interestWilliam Henry Fox Talbot

1800-02-11 William Henry Fox Talbot, English photographic pioneer, born in Dorset, England (d. 1877)

Photography Pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot
Photography Pioneer
William Henry Fox Talbot
  • 1800-04-16 George Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan, British army officer (Charge of the Light Brigade), born in London, England (d. 1888)
  • 1800-10-25 Thomas Babington Macaulay, English poet and historian (Ivry, Naaseby), born in Leicestershire, England (d. 1859)
  • 1800-12-27 John Goss, English organist and composer (Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven), (d. 1880)
  • 1801-02-07 John Rylands, England, merchant/philanthropist
  • 1801-02-21 John Henry Newman, England, cardinal/author (Dream of Gerontius)
  • 1801-07-29 George Bradshaw, British publisher, born in Manchester, England (d. 1853)
  • 1802-02-06 Charles Wheatstone, English physicist/musician [or Feb 7]
  • 1802-07-26 Winthrop Mackworth Praed, English politician and poet, born in London, England (d. 1839)
  • 1802-08-14 Letitia Elizabeth Landon, England, poet (Heath's Book of Beauty)
  • 1803-01-03 Douglas William Jerrold, author/playwright/wit (Punch Mag), born in London, England
  • 1803-06-30 Thomas Lovell Beddoes, English poet
  • 1803-08-03 Joseph Paxton, English landscape architect (Crystal Palace), born in Milton Bryan, Bedfordshire (d. 1865)
  • 1804-07-20 Richard Owen, English zoologist (Dinosauria), born in Lancaster, England (d. 1892)
  • 1805-01-27 Samuel Palmer, painter/etcher (Valley of Vision), born in London, England
  • 1805-02-04 William H Ainsworth, English writer (Old St Paul's, Rookwood)
  • 1805-08-09 Joseph Locke, English railway and civil engineer (d. 1860)
  • 1805-08-29 Frederick Maurice, English theologian of the Church of England, born in Normanston, Suffolk, England (d. 1872)
  • 1805-09-07 Samuel Wilberforce, English bishop and one of the greatest public speakers of his day (remembered for his opposition to Darwin's theory of evolution), born in London (d. 1873)
  • 1805-11-07 Thomas Brassey, English civil engineering contractor, born in Buerton, Cheshire, England (d. 1870)

Person of interestElizabeth Barrett Browning

1806-03-06 Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet ("Sonnets from the Portuguese"), born in Kelloe, Durham (d. 1861)

  • 1806-03-28 Thomas Hare, English barrister and political reformer, born in England (d. 1891)

Person of interestJohn Stuart Mill

1806-05-20 John Stuart Mill, English philosopher, political economist and utilitarian, born in London (d. 1873)

Philosopher and Political Economist John Stuart Mill
Philosopher and Political Economist
John Stuart Mill
  • 1806-06-16 Edward Davy, English physician, chemist, and inventor (d. 1885)
  • 1807-02-08 Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, English sculptor and naturalist (d. 1889)
  • 1808-10-12 John Liptrot Hatton, English composer and pianist, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1886)
  • 1808-11-22 Thomas Cook, British founder and CEO of Thomas Cook & Son travel agency (Cook Travel Bureau), born in Derbyshire, England (d. 1892)

Person of interestCharles Darwin

1809-02-12 Charles Darwin, English naturalist (Origin of the Species) conceived the theory of evolution by natural selection, born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire (d. 1882)

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 1809-03-31 Edward FitzGerald, England, writer (Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam)
  • 1809-11-27 Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble, British Shakespearian actress (Juliet) and author, born in London, England (d. 1893)

Person of interestWilliam Gladstone

1809-12-29 William Ewart Gladstone, British statesman and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Liberal: 1868-74, 1880-86, 1892-94), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1898)

British Prime Minister William Gladstone
British Prime Minister
William Gladstone
  • 1810-03-27 William Hepworth Thompson, English classical scholar and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, born in York, England (d. 1886)
  • 1810-04-11 Henry Rawlinson, British army officer and scholar, born in Chadlington, England (d. 1895)
  • 1810-09-29 Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, novelist, born in London, England
  • 1810-11-10 George Jennings, English sanitary engineer, born in Eling, Hampshire (d. 1882)
  • 1810-11-28 William Froude, England, engineer/naval architect
  • 1811-01-09 Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English writer (d. 1856)
  • 1811-02-24 Edward Dickinson Baker, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in London, England (d. 1861)
  • 1811-03-21 Nathaniel Woodard, English educationalist (d. 1891)
  • 1811-07-18 William Makepeace Thackeray, British novelist (Vanity Fair), born in Kolkata, India (d. 1863)

Person of interestCharles Dickens

1812-02-07 Charles Dickens, English novelist (Oliver Twist, Tale of 2 Cities), born in Portsmouth, Hampshire (d. 1870)

Novelist Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
  • 1812-03-01 Augustus Pugin, English-born architect (d. 1852)

Person of interestRobert Browning

1812-05-07 Robert Browning, English poet (Pied Piper), born in London, England (d. 1889)

  • 1812-05-12 Edward Lear, England, landscape painter, (Complete Nonsense Book)
  • 1812-06-27 John Pike Hullah, English composer, born in Worcester (d. 1884)
  • 1812-07-15 James Hope-Scott, English barrister (d. 1873)
  • 1812-12-06 Robert Spear Hudson, English businessman (d. 1884)
  • 1812-12-14 Charles J Canning, English earl/1st viceroy of British-Indies
  • 1813-01-04 Louis L Bonaparte, English/French linguist/senator
  • 1813-03-15 John Snow, English epidemiologist (d. 1858)
  • 1814-01-11 James Paget, English surgeon (disease of Paget)
  • 1814-01-17 Ellen Wood, English author (East Lynne, Pomeroy Abbey)
  • 1814-04-21 Angela Burdett-Coutts, English philanthropist extrordinaire and "the richest heiress in England", born in London (d. 1906)

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

Famous Deaths

Deaths 701 - 800 of 2,366

  • 1718-05-07 Mary of Modena, wife of James II of England (b. 1658)

Person of interestWilliam Penn

1718-07-30 William Penn, English Philosopher, Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania (No cross, no crown), dies at 73

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn

Person of interestBlackbeard

1718-11-22 Blackbeard, notorious English pirate, dies in battle at 38

Pirate Blackbeard
  • 1718-12-06 Nicholas Rowe, English poet and dramatist (Tamerlane) Poet Laureate (1715-18), dies at 45
  • 1719-06-17 Joseph Addison, English essayist and poet (co-founder of The Spectator), dies at 47
  • 1719-09-07 John Harris, English writer
  • 1719-09-27 George Smalridge, English Bishop of Bristol (b. 1662)
  • 1720-01-31 Thomas Grey, 2nd Earl of Stamford, English privy councillor (c. 1654)
  • 1720-02-27 Samuel Parris, English-born Puritan minister (b. 1653)
  • 1720-08-09 Simon Ockley, English orientalist (b. 1678)
  • 1720-11-17 Calico Jack, English pirate (b. 1682)
  • 1721-02-05 James Stanhope 1st earl of Stanhope, English general, dies at 47
  • 1721-02-16 James Craggs the Younger, English politician, dies at 34
  • 1721-02-24 John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby, English statesman and poet (b. 1648)
  • 1721-03-16 James Craggs the Elder, English politician (b. 1657)
  • 1721-09-18 Matthew Prior, English poet and diplomat, dies at 57
  • 1721-10-11 Edward Colston, English merchant and philanthropist, dies at 84
  • 1721-12-17 Richard Lumley, 1st Earl of Scarbrough, English statesman (b. 1640)
  • 1721-12-22 Nathaniel Hawes, tortured & executed in England for robbery
  • 1722-01-21 Charles Paulet, 2nd Duke of Bolton, English supporter of William III of England (b. 1661)
  • 1722-06-16 John Churchill, 1st duke of Marlborough, English general strategist, dies at 72

Person of interestChristopher Wren

1723-02-25 Christopher Wren, English astronomer and architect (St. Paul's Cathedral), dies at 90

Architect Christopher Wren
Christopher Wren
  • 1723-02-26 Thomas d'Urfey, English writer (b. 1653)
  • 1723-04-11 John Robinson, English diplomat and prelate, dies at 72
  • 1723-07-26 Robert Bertie, 1st Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman
  • 1723-08-17 Joseph Bingham, English scholar (b. 1668)
  • 1723-10-10 William Cowper, 1st Earl Cowper, Lord Chancellor of England (b. 1665)
  • 1723-11-07 Godfrey Kneller, English painter (74-77), dies
  • 1723-12-01 Susanna Centlivre, English actress known as "the most successful female playwright of the eighteenth century", dies at 66 (approximately)
  • 1724-02-12 Elkanah Settle, English writer (b. 1648)
  • 1724-06-15 Henry Sacheverell, English churchman and politician (b. 1674)
  • 1724-11-16 Jack Sheppard, English robber, hanged
  • 1725-04-08 John Wise, English clergyman (b. 1652)
  • 1725-05-21 Robert Haley earl of Oxford, English Whig-premier (1710-4), dies at 63
  • 1725-05-24 Jonathan Wild, English criminal (b. 1682)
  • 1726-03-05 Evelyn Pierrepont, 1st Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull, English politician
  • 1726-03-26 John Vanbrugh, Dutch/English playwright (Provoked Wife), dies at 62
  • 1726-05-10 Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, English soldier, dies at 56
  • 1726-12-02 Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian (b. 1665)
  • 1727-02-13 William Wotton, English scholar (b. 1666)

Person of interestIsaac Newton

1727-03-31 Isaac Newton, English physicist/astronomer, dies in London at 84

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • 1727-06-10 George Ludwig, German monarch of Hannover, King of England, dies at 67

Person of interestGeorge I

1727-06-11 George I, King of England (1714-27), dies of a stroke at 67

King George I
George I
  • 1727-08-14 William Croft, English composer and organist, dies at 48
  • 1729-01-19 William Congreve, English dramatist (Love for Love), dies at 58
  • 1729-05-17 Samuel Clarke, English philosopher and theologian, dies at 53
  • 1729-10-09 Richard Blackmore, English physician and writer (b. 1654)
  • 1729-12-13 Anthony Collins, English philosopher (A discourse on free-thinking), dies at 53
  • 1730-01-01 Samuel Sewall, English-American judge and businessman, dies at 77
  • 1730-05-30 Arabella Churchill, mistress of James II of England, sister of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (b. 1648)
  • 1730-09-27 Laurence Eusden, English poet, Poet Laureate (1718-30), dies at 42
  • 1730-10-23 Anne Oldfield, English actress (The Maiden Queen), dies from cervical cancer at 47
  • 1731-01-21 Thomas Woolston, English theologian (b. 1669)

Person of interestDaniel Defoe

1731-04-24 Daniel Defoe, English novelist (Robinson Crusoe), dies at about 70

Novelist Daniel Defoe
Daniel Defoe
  • 1731-12-29 Brook Taylor, English mathematician, discoverer of Taylor's Theorem, dies at 46
  • 1732-02-22 Francis Atterbury, English bishop and man of letters (b. 1663)
  • 1732-12-04 John Gay, English poet (Beggar's Opera), dies at 47
  • 1733-04-19 Elizabeth Villiers, mistress of William III of England
  • 1733-05-10 Barton Booth, British actor (Lincoln's Inn Fields Theatre), dies at approximately 52
  • 1733-08-16 Matthew Tindal, English deist (b. 1657)
  • 1734-01-06 John Dennis, English dramatist whose thunder was stolen (b. 1657)
  • 1734-02-01 John Floyer, English physician and writer (b. 1649)
  • 1734-03-01 Roger North, English biographer (b. 1653)
  • 1734-05-04 James Thornhill, English painter
  • 1734-07-22 Peter King, 1st Baron King, Lord Chancellor of England
  • 1734-11-14 Louise de Keroualle, English duchess/mistress of king Charles II, dies
  • 1735-01-12 John Eccles, English composer (b. 1668)
  • 1735-04-05 William Derham, English minister and writer (b. 1657)
  • 1735-04-05 Samuel Wesley, English poet (b. 1662)
  • 1735-06-10 Thomas Hearne, English antiquarian (b. 1678)
  • 1735-12-14 Thomas Tanner, English bishop and antiquarian (b. 1674)
  • 1736-02-07 Stephen Gray, English astronomer and scientist (b. 1666)
  • 1737-05-04 Eustace Budgell, English writer (b. 1686)
  • 1737-09-27 John Sidney, 6th Earl of Leicester, English privy councillor, dies at 57
  • 1737-12-11 John Strype, English historian (b. 1643)
  • 1737-12-27 William Bowyer, English printer (b. 1663)
  • 1738-02-12 James Sherard, English amateur composer, dies at 71
  • 1738-05-01 Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, English statesman (b. c. 1669)
  • 1738-06-21 Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend, English statesman (b. 1674)
  • 1738-08-16 Joe Miller, English comic, dies
  • 1739-04-07 Dick Turpin, English highwayman (hanged) (b. 1706)
  • 1739-09-03 George Lillo, English dramatist (Fatal Curiosity), dies at 46
  • 1740-05-15 Ephraim Chambers, English encyclopaedist (b. 1680)
  • 1740-06-17 Sir William Wyndham, English politician (b. 1687)
  • 1740-12-20 Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon, English military officer and statesman (b. 1675)
  • 1742-01-01 Peregrine Bertie, 2nd Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, English statesman (b. 1686)

Person of interestEdmond Halley

1742-01-14 Edmond Halley, English mathematician and astronomer (Halley's comet), dies at 85 [NS=Jan 25]

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley
  • 1742-02-22 Charles Rivington, English publisher (b. 1688)
  • 1742-06-18 John Aislabie, English politician (b. 1670)
  • 1742-07-09 John Oldmixon, English historian (b. 1673)
  • 1742-07-14 Richard Bentley, English classical scholar (b. 1662)
  • 1742-07-19 William Somervile, English poet (b. 1675)
  • 1743-04-04 Daniel Neal, English historian (b. 1678)
  • 1743-08-01 Richard Savage, English poet and playwright, dies at about 46
  • 1743-08-05 John Hervey, 2nd Baron Hervey, English statesman and writer (b. 1696)

Person of interestAlexander Pope

1744-05-30 Alexander Pope, English poet (The Rape of the Lock), dies at 56

  • 1744-08-09 James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos, English patron of the arts (b. 1673)

Person of interestJonathan Swift

1745-10-19 Jonathan Swift, English writer (Gulliver's Travels), dies at 77

Author, Poet and Satirist Jonathan Swift
Author, Poet and Satirist
Jonathan Swift
  • 1746-07-02 Thomas Baker, English antiquarian (b. 1656)
  • 1746-10-02 Josiah Burchett, English Secretary of the Admiralty