On This Day

What Happened in December 1718

Historical Events

Appointment of Interest

Dec 10 Laurence Eusden is appointed British Poet Laureate under George I

  • Dec 17 France, Britain and Austria declare war on Spain (War of the Quadruple Alliance 1718–1720)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 6 Nicholas Rowe, English poet and dramatist (Tamerlane) Poet Laureate (1715-18), dies at 45
  • Dec 9 Vincenzo Coronelli, Italian cartographer and encylopedist, dies at 68

Charles XII

Dec 11 Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718), shot in battle invading Norway at Fortress of Fredriksten at 36