On This Day

What Happened in October 1707

Historical Events

  • Oct 22 Scilly Naval Disaster: shipwreck of four Royal navy warships and loss of 1400 men during a storm off the Scilly Isles - will prompt 1714 British Act of Parliament competition to find longitude at sea

Famous Weddings

Johann Sebastian Bach

Oct 17 German composer Johann Sebastian Bach marries for the 1st time his cousin Maria Barbara Bach

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Anne Jules duke the Noailles, marshal of France (huguenot), dies at 57
  • Oct 5 Daniel Speer, German composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 22 Cloudesley Shovell, British Commander-in-Chief of the British fleet, drowns in Scilly Naval disaster at 57