On This Day

What Happened on December 5, 1717

Historical Events

Pirate Attack

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

1717 Highlights

About December 5, 1717

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 304 years, 8 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Sagittarius