On This Day

August 1717 in History

Events in History

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

Aug 1 Nicholas Rowe is appointed British Poet Laureate by George I

King George I
George I
  • Aug 16 Prince Eugenius of Savoye occupies Belgrade
  • Aug 17 France, Russia & Prussia sign agreement
  • Aug 22 Spanish troops land on Sardinia

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 13 Louis François I, Prince of Conti, French nobleman and military leader, born in Paris (d. 1776)
  • Aug 15 Blind Jack [John Metcalf], English 1st professional roadbuilder, born in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England (d. 1810)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 10 Nicolaas Witsen, Dutch statesman and mayor of Amsterdam, dies at 76