On This Day

What Happened in 1715

Historical Events

  • Apr 15 Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
  • Apr 20 Nicholas Rowe's play "The Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey" premieres in London
  • Apr 29 English Astronomer John Flamsteed observes Uranus for 6th time
  • May 1 Prussia declares war on Sweden
  • May 3 Edmond Halley observes total eclipse phenomenon "Baily's Beads"
  • Jul 29 10 Spanish treasure galleons sunk off Florida coast by a hurricane
  • Jul 30 Spanish gold and silver fleet disappears off St Lucie, Florida
  • Aug 1 First Doggett's Coat and Badge race (Waterman's race) held on Thames River (London Bridge to Chelsea)
  • Sep 1 King Louis XIV of France dies after a reign of 72 years—the longest of any major European monarch.
  • Sep 6 Pro-James III-uprising in Scotland
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Did You Know?

10 Spanish treasure galleons sunk off Florida coast by a hurricane

On July 29, 1715

Famous People Born in 1715

  • Jan 10 Christian August Crusius, German philosopher and theologian, born in Leuna, Germany (d. 1775)
  • Jan 12 Jacques Duphly, French composer and harpsichordist, born in Rouen (d. 1789)
  • Jan 26 Claude Helvetius, philosopher, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 27 Vaclav Kalous [Simon à Scto Bartholomaeo], Czech composer, born in Solnice (d. 1786)
  • Jan 29 Georg Christoph Wagenseil, Austrian court composer and pianist, born in Vienna (d. 1777)

More Famous Birthdays

Would You Believe?

First English patent granted to an American, for processing corn

On November 25, 1715