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What Happened on January 5, 1709

Historical Events


Historic CommunicationGreat Frost of 1709

The Great Frost begins during the night, a sudden cold snap that remains Europe's coldest ever winter. Thousands are killed across the continent and crops fail in France.

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Le lagon gelé en 1709, painted by Gabriele Bella, showing part of a lagoon which froze in Venice in 1709
Le lagon gelé en 1709, painted by Gabriele Bella, showing part of a lagoon which froze in Venice in 1709
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1709 Highlights

About January 5, 1709

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 312 years and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Capricorn