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1716 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 8 Amsterdam gang leader and thief "Sjako" arrested
  • Feb 6 Britain & Netherlands renew alliance
  • Feb 10 Scottish pretender to the throne James III Edward returns to France
  • Apr 15 Great Northern War: Prussian troops occupy Swedish controlled German port of Wismar
  • Jun 5 England and Emperor Karel VI signs military treaty
  • Jun 6 French transport the 1st African slaves to Louisiana
  • Jun 25 Eugenius of Savoye named land guardian of Austrian Netherlands
  • Jul 8 Great Northern War: Battle of Dynekilen, a Danish-Norwegian force under Peter Tordenskjold traps and defeats Swedish force
  • Jul 18 Decree orders all Jews expelled from Brussels

Battle of InterestBattle of Petrovaradin

Aug 5 Battle of Petrovaradin/Peterwardein: Habsburgs under Eugene of Savoy defeat the Turks in a decisive victory
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The Battle of Petrovaradin or Peterwardein which saw a decisive victory for the Imperial Army
The Battle of Petrovaradin or Peterwardein which saw a decisive victory for the Imperial Army
  • Sep 6 1st lighthouse built in north America (Boston)
  • Sep 14 1st lighthouse in American colonies lit (Boston Harbor)
  • Oct 9 Britain & France sign treaty
  • Oct 13 Hungarian Emperor Karel VI's troops occupy Temesvar

AgreementTreaty of Interest

Nov 3 Pacification Treaty of Warsaw: Tsar Peter the Great guarantees Saxon monarch August I's Polish kingdom

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great
  • Nov 26 1st lion exhibited in America in Boston

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 12 Antonio de Ulloa, Spanish general (d. 1795)
  • Jan 15 Philip Livingston, American businessman & politician (signed US Declaration of Independence), born in Albany, New York (d. 1778)
  • Jan 20 Carlos III, King of Spain (1759-88) and King of Naples and Sicily (1734-59), born in Royal Alcazar of Madrid, Spain (d. 1788)
  • Jan 20 Jean-Jacques Barthélemy, French writer and numismatist (d. 1795)
  • Jan 26 George Sackville Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville
  • Mar 6 Pehr Kalm, Swedish explorer and naturalist (d. 1779)
  • May 29 Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton, French zoologist, born in Montbard, Côte-d'Or, France (d. 1800)
  • Jun 18 Joseph-Marie Vien, French court painter, born in Montpellier, France (d. 1809)
  • Jun 23 Fletcher Norton, 1st Baron Grantley, English politician (d. 1789)
  • Oct 3 Giovanni Battista Beccaria, Italian physicist, born in Mondovì, Piedmont, Italy (d. 1781)
  • Oct 6 George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, English statesman, born in Dover, England (d. 1771)
  • Dec 1 Etienne-Maurice Falconet, French sculptor (d. 1791)
  • Dec 16 Louis-Jules Mancini-Mazarini, Duc de Nivernais, French diplomat and writer (d. 1798)
  • Dec 24 Patrice F earl De Neney, South Netherlands chairman of Secret Council
  • Dec 25 Johann Jakob Reiske, German scholar and physician (d. 1774)
  • Dec 26 Thomas Gray, English poet (Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard)
  • Dec 26 Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French poet (d. 1803)

Weddings in History

  • Apr 8 Duke Karel Leopold of Mecklenburg-Schwerin signs covenant with Russia & marries Tsar Peter the Great's niece

Deaths in History

  • Jan 1 William Wycherley, English dramatist (The Country Wife), dies at 74
  • Jan 30 Marie Casimire Louise de la Grange d'Arquien, queen of Poland (1676-96), dies at 74
  • Feb 19 Dorthe Engelbrechtsdatter, Norwegian poet (b. 1634)
  • Apr 14 Arthur Herbert, 1st Earl of Torrington, British admiral
  • Apr 26 John Somers, 1st Baron Somers, Lord Chancellor of England, dies at 65
  • Apr 28 Louis de Montfort, French catholic priest, dies at 43
  • Jun 2 Ogata Korin, Japanese painter
  • Jun 5 Roger Cotes, English mathematician (Newton-Cates formulas), dies at 33
  • Jun 8 Johann Wilhelm, Elector Palatine (1690-1716), dies at 58
  • Jun 9 Banda Bahadur, Sikh military commander (executed)
  • Jun 28 George FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, English general (b. 1665)
  • Jul 8 Robert South, English churchman (b. 1634)
  • Jul 9 Joseph Sauveur, French sound engineer, dies at 63
  • Sep 26 Antoine Parent, French mathematician, dies at 50
  • Oct 28 Stephen Fox, English politician, dies at 89
  • Nov 2 Engelbert Kaempfer, German physician and traveler, dies at 65

Person of interestGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Nov 14 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, German philosopher and mathematician (differential and integral calculus), dies at 70

Philosopher and Mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
Philosopher and Mathematician
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
  • Nov 28 Gisbert Cuper, Dutch classicist and historian, dies at 72
  • Dec 13 Charles de La Fosse, French painter (b. 1640)