On This Day

What Happened in August 1717

Historical Events

Appointment of Interest

Aug 1 Nicholas Rowe is appointed British Poet Laureate by George I

  • Aug 16 Prince Eugenius of Savoye occupies Belgrade
  • Aug 17 France, Russia & Prussia sign agreement
  • Aug 22 Spanish troops land on Sardinia

Famous Birthdays

  • Aug 13 Christoph Nichelmann, German composer and harpsichordist, born in Treuenbrietzen, Germany (d. 1762)
  • Aug 13 Louis Fran├žois I, Prince of Conti, French nobleman and military leader, born in Paris (d. 1776)
  • Aug 15 Blind Jack [John Metcalf], English 1st professional roadbuilder, born in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England (d. 1810)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 10 Nicolaas Witsen, Dutch statesman and mayor of Amsterdam, dies at 76