On This Day

What Happened on December 5, 1717

Historical Events

<b>Pirate</b> AttackPirate 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

Pirate Blackbeard

1717 Highlights

About December 5, 1717

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 303 years, 5 months and 6 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Sagittarius