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What Happened in 1718

Historical Events in 1718

  • Jan 9 France declares war on Spain
  • Jan 17 Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland; kills 53
  • May 1 Spanish Catholic missionaries establish Mission San Antonio de Valero (now known as Alamo), the fist of several settlements in what is now San Antonio, Texas
  • May 7 The city of New Orleans founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
  • May 15 James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun
  • Jun 26 Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great's son, mysteriously dies after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him.
  • Jul 21 The Treaty of Passarowitz between the Ottoman Empire, Austria and the Republic of Venice is signed
  • Aug 2 Austrian joins Triple Alliance
  • Aug 11 Battle of Cape Passaro: British fleet destroys Spanish off Sicily
  • Aug 21 Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, Turkey and Venice sign peace treaty

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Famous People Born in 1718

  • Jan 7 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (d. 1790)
  • Jan 29 Paul Rabaut, French Huguenot pastor (d. 1794)
  • Feb 17 Matthew Tilghman, American Continental Congressman (d. 1790)
  • Mar 12 Joseph Damer, English politician (d. 1798)
  • Mar 31 Marianne Victoria of Borb√≥n, queen regent of Portugal (d. 1781)

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James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun

On May 15, 1718