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What Happened in 1708

Historical Events in 1708

  • Jan 8 Spanish armada headed by the San Jose and loaded with gold sunk after British squadron attacks off coast of Colombia (rediscovered 2015)
  • Feb 24 Prince Johan Willem Friso sworn in as viceroy of Groningen
  • Feb 28 Slave revolt in Newton, Long Island NY results in 11 deaths
  • Mar 11 Queen Anne withholds Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoes legislation
  • Mar 23 Pretender to the English throne James III lands at Firth of Forth
  • Mar 27 Pretender to the English throne James III flees to Dunkirk
  • Jul 4 Battle of Holowczyn: Swedish King Charles XII defeats superior Russian force in surprising vctory
  • Jul 11 Battle at Oudenaarde: Great Alliance beats France
  • Jul 28 Monarch Amengkurat II [Sunan Mas] of Mataram gives himself up to VOC
  • Aug 3 Battle at Trencsén: Austria beats Hungarian rebellion army

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Famous People in 1708

World Leaders in 1708

Would You Believe?

Spanish armada headed by the San Jose and loaded with gold sunk after British squadron attacks off coast of Colombia (rediscovered 2015)

On January 8, 1708


Famous People Who Died in 1708

  • Jan 23 Thomas Bullis, English composer, dies at 80 (buried)
  • Apr 30 Simon de Vries, book seller/writer (Unequal), dies
  • May 6 François de Laval, first Roman Catholic bishop of Quebec, dies at 85
  • May 11 Jules Hardouin Mansart, French architect, dies at 62
  • May 12 Adolf Friedrich II of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (b. 1658)

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