What Happened in 1717

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Historical Events

  • Jan 4 Netherlands, Great Britain & France sign Triple Alliance
  • Jan 5 Prussian King Frederik Willem I buys conscript for nobles
  • Jan 14 German mob leader "Sjako" sentenced to death in Amsterdam
  • Feb 1 Henri d'Aguesseau's 1st appointment as chancellor of France
  • Mar 2 The Loves of Mars and Venus becomes the first ballet performed in England
  • Mar 31 A sermon on "The Nature of the Kingdom of Christ" by Benjamin Hoadly, the Bishop of Bangor, provoked the Bangorian Controversy.
  • Jun 24 1st Free Masons' grand lodge founded in London
  • Jul 17 George Frideric Handel's "Water Music" premieres on the river Thames in London
  • Jul 28 Prussian king Frederik Willhelm I gives compulsory education to 5-12 yrs
  • Aug 1 Nicholas Rowe is appointed British Poet Laureate by George I
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Did You Know?

George Frideric Handel's "Water Music" premieres on the river Thames in London

On July 17, 1717


World Leaders in 1717

Famous People in 1717

Famous Deaths

  • Mar 3 Pierre Allix, French/British theologist/vicar, dies at about 75
  • Mar 19 John Campbell, 1st Earl of Breadalbane and Holland, Scottish royalist
  • Apr 3 Jacques Ozanam, French mathematician (b. 1640)
  • Apr 5 Jean Jouvenet, French painter (b. 1647)
  • May 10 John Hathorne, American magistrate (b. 1641)
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