On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1718

  • 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
  • Feb 1 Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury, English politician (b. 1660)
  • Feb 18 Pierre Antoine Motteux, French-born English dramatist (b. 1663)
  • Feb 23 Francois Fagel, Dutch field marshal/mayor of Nimegen, dies at 63
  • May 7 Mary of Modena, Queen of James II of England, dies at 59
  • May 30 Arnold Joost van Keppel, earl of Albemarle/general, dies at about 48
  • May 30 Bernard Nieuwentyt, physician/theologist, dies at 63
  • Jul 28 Etienne Baluze, French scholar (b. 1630)

Person of interestWilliam Penn

Jul 30 William Penn, English Philosopher, Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania (No cross, no crown), dies at 73

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn
  • Aug 4 RenĂ© Lepage de Ste-Claire, lord-founder of the town of Rimouski, in New France, dies at 62
  • Aug 6 Jacob F Muller, [Sjako/Jaco], German Dutch thief 'the Robin Hood of Amsterdam', beheaded at 28

Person of interestBlackbeard

Nov 22 Blackbeard, notorious English pirate, dies in battle at 38

Pirate Blackbeard
Pirate
Blackbeard
  • 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
  • Dec 11 Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718), shot dead invading Norway at Fortress of Fredriksten at 36