On This Day

Historical Events in December 1717

<b>Pirate</b> AttackPirate Attack

Dec 5 English pirate Blackbeard ransacks the merchant sloop "Margaret" and keeps her captain, Henry Bostock prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock later provides 1st record of Blackbeard's appearance, and the source for his name

Pirate Blackbeard
Pirate
Blackbeard
  • Dec 25 Floods ravage Dutch coast provinces, thousands killed