On This Day

What Happened in December 1717

Historical Events

Pirate Attack

Dec 5 English pirate Blackbeard ransacks the merchant sloop "Margaret" and keeps her captain, Henry Bostock prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock later provides 1st record of Blackbeard's appearance, and the source for his name

  • Dec 25 Floods ravage Dutch coast provinces, thousands killed

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 9 Johann Winckelmann, German archaeologist (History of Ancient Art), born in Stendal, Prussia (d. 1768)
  • Dec 16 Elizabeth Carter, English poet, bluestocking and translator (All the Works of Epictetus Which Are Now Extant), born in Deal, England (d. 1806)
  • Dec 20 Charles Gravier, comte de Vergennes, French statesman and diplomat, born in Dijon, France (d. 1787)

Pius VI

Dec 25 Pope Pius VI [Count Giovanni Angelo Braschi], Italian Pope (1775-99), born in Cesena, Emilia-Romagna, Papal States (d. 1799)