On This Day

What Happened in 1738

Historical Events

  • Mar 28 Parliament sends an address to the king requesting that he demand redress from Spain (War of Jenkin's Ear)
  • Apr 15 Premiere in London of "Serse", an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel
  • Apr 18 Real Academia de la Historia ("Royal Academy of History") founded in Madrid
  • May 9 Britain sends fleet to the Mediterranean Sea & West Indies
  • May 24 John Wesley is converted, launching the Methodist movement; celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day
  • May 25 A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.
  • May 27 Turkish troops occupy Orsova and Ochakov in eastern Europe
  • Jul 20 North America: French explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La VĂ©rendrye reaches the western shore of Lake Michigan
  • Aug 2 France offers Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI mediation in his war against Turkey
  • Sep 26 Scottish philosopher David Hume enters into a contract to publish the first two volumes of his seminal work "A Treatise of Human Nature" with John Noon in London
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Famous People Who Died in 1738

  • Jan 6 Franz Xaver Murschhauser, German composer and theorist, dies at 74
  • Jan 17 Jean-Francois Dandrieu, French Baroque organist, harpsichord player, and composer, dies at about 56 [birth date uncertain]
  • Feb 5 Georg Reidel, German composer, dies at 61
  • Feb 12 James Sherard, English amateur composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 15 Matthias Braun, Czech sculptor (b. 1684)

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