On This Day

Historical Events in 1701

  • Jan 12 Frisia & Groningen (Netherlands) begin use of Gregorian calendar
  • Jan 18 Frederick I and Sophie Charlotte of Hanover crowned king and queen of Prussia
  • Mar 9 France, Cologne & Bavaria sign alliance
  • Apr 29 Drenthe, Netherlands, adopts Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is May 12, 1701
  • May 12 Drenthe adopts Gregorian calendar (yesterday is 4/29/1701)
  • May 15 The War of the Spanish Succession begins


May 23 Captain William Kidd is hanged in London after being convicted of piracy and the murder of William Moore

Pirate Legend William Kidd
Pirate Legend
William Kidd
  • Jun 12 Act of Settlement gives English crown to Sophia, Princess of Hanover
  • Jul 24 Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, later becomes the city of Detroit
  • Aug 2 Great Peace of Montreal signed between New France and North American Indian nations at urging of Huron chief Kondiaronk
  • Sep 7 Germany, England & Netherlands sign anti-French covenant
  • Sep 16 James Francis Edward Stuart "The Old Pretender", becomes the Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland on the death of his father James II
  • Sep 28 Divorce legalized in Maryland
  • Oct 9 Collegiate School of Ct (Yale U), chartered in New Haven

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Nov 8 William Penn presents Charter of Priviliges

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn