What Happened in July 1717

Historical Events

Music Premiere

Jul 17 George Frideric Handel's "Water Music" premieres repeatedly on a barge cruising the River Thames in London

  • Jul 28 Prussian King Frederik Willhelm I orders compulsory education for 5-12 year olds

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 5 Pedro III, King of Portugal and the Algarves (1777-86) and consort of Queen Maria I of Portugal, born in Lisbon, Portugal (d. 1786)

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 21 Niccolo Amenta, Italian poet (La Gostanza), dies