On This Day

What Happened in January 1718

Historical Events

  • Jan 9 France declares war on Spain
  • Jan 17 Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland; kills 53

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 7 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (d. 1790)
  • Jan 29 Paul Rabaut, French Huguenot pastor (d. 1794)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 6 Richard Hoare, English goldsmith and banker (b. 1648)
  • Jan 6 Giovanni Vincenzo Gravina, Italian writer and jurist (b. 1664)
  • Jan 17 Captain Benjamin Church, Plymouth Colony settler and military leader