On This Day

What Happened in 1700

Historical Events

  • Jan 1 Protestant Western Europe (except England) begins using the Gregorian calendar
  • Jan 1 Russia begins using the Anno Domini era and no longer uses the Anno Mundi era of the Byzantine Empire
  • Jan 26 The magnitude 8.7-9.2 Cascadia earthquake took place off the west coast of the North America, as evidenced by Japanese records
  • Feb 12 The Great Northern War begins in Northern Europe between Denmark–Norway, Saxony and Russia and the Swedish Empire.
  • Feb 19 Last day of Julian calendar in Denmark
  • Feb 27 English explorer William Dampier is the 1st British person to visit the Pacific Island of New Britain, which he names
  • Feb 28 Today is followed by March 1 in Sweden, thus creating the Swedish calendar
  • May 7 William Penn began monthly meetings for blacks advocating emancipation
  • Jun 17 Massachusetts orders priest to leave the colony
  • Jun 30 Gelderland goes on Gregorian calendar (tomorrow is 12/7/1700)
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Famous People Born in 1700

  • Feb 7 Philippe Buache, French geographer/cartographer (Contourlijnen)
  • Feb 8 Daniel Bernoulli, Dutch-Swiss mathematician, and physicist (10 time French Award), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1782)
  • Feb 23 Wilhelmus Schortinghuis, Dutch theologist (Profound Christianity)
  • Mar 13 James Kent, English composer, born in Winchester (d. 1776)
  • Mar 13 Michel Blavet, French composer, born in Besançon (d. 1768)

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World Leaders in 1700