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1726 in History

Events in History

  • Feb 8 The Supreme Privy Council is established in Russia
  • May 9 Five men arrested during a raid on Mother Clap's molly house in London are executed at Tyburn
  • Jun 11 Cardinal Fleury succeeds Duke of Bourbon as French premier

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 23 Benjamin Franklin sails back to Philadelphia

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • Aug 6 Emperor Karel VI and Tsarina Catharine the Great sign military treaty
  • Aug 9 Netherlands signs Covenant of Hannover
  • Oct 11 Benjamin Franklin returns to Philadelphia from England

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Oct 28 "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift is published by Benjamin Motte in London

Author, Poet and Satirist Jonathan Swift
Author, Poet and Satirist
Jonathan Swift

Birthdays in History

  • Jan 4 Cornelis Ploos van Amstel, Dutch engraver/art collector
  • Jan 17 Hugh Mercer, Scottish military officer (fought in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War), born in Rosehearty, Scotland (d. 1777)
  • Jan 18 Hendrik D F L, prince of Prussia/diplomat
  • Feb 15 Abraham Clark, American politician, signed US Declaration of Independence, born in Elizabethtown, New Jersey (d. 1794)
  • Mar 8 Richard Howe, British admiral, born in London (d. 1799)
  • Apr 8 Lewis Morris, American landowner and farmer (signed US Declaration of Independence), born in Morrisania, New York (d. 1798)
  • Apr 20 Jozef de Ferraris, French-Austrian general and cartographer, born in Lun√©ville, France (d. 1814)
  • Apr 26 Pasquale Paoli, Corsican freedom fighter, born in Stretta di Morosaglia, France (d. 1807)
  • May 20 Francis Cotes, English painter (d. 1770)

Person of interestJames Hutton

Jun 3 James Hutton, geologist, born in Edinburgh, Scotland

Geologist James Hutton
Geologist
James Hutton
  • Jun 25 Thomas Pennant, Welsh naturalist, born in Downing, Wales (d. 1798)
  • Aug 7 James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1790)
  • Aug 9 Francesco Cetti, Italian Jesuit priest and scientist, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1778)
  • Oct 14 Charles Middleton, 1st Baron Barham, English sailor and politician, born in Leith, Midlothian, Scotland (d. 1813)
  • Oct 16 Daniel Chodowiecki, Polish painter (d. 1801)
  • Nov 20 Oliver Wolcott, American judge, signed US Declaration of Independence, born in Windsor, Connecticut (d. 1797) [NS=Dec 1]
  • Nov 30 Jacques Aliamet, French etcher and engraver, born in Abbeville, France (d. 1788)
  • Dec 1 Eggert Olafsson, Icelandic writer
  • Dec 4 William Alexander, Lord Stirling, American general (American Revolutionary War leader), born in NYC, New York (d. 1783)

Deaths in History

  • Jan 25 Guillaume Delisle, French cartographer (b. 1675)
  • Feb 26 Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria and governor of the Spanish Netherlands (1691-1714), dies at 63
  • Mar 5 Evelyn Pierrepont, 1st Duke of Kingston-upon-Hull, English politician
  • Mar 26 John Vanbrugh, Dutch/English playwright (Provoked Wife), dies at 62
  • Apr 17 Princess Henri√ętte Amalia of Anhalt-Dessau, monarch of Nassau-Dietz, dies at 49
  • Apr 26 Jeremy Collier, English bishop & theatre critic, dies at 75
  • Apr 28 Thomas Pitt, British merchant & Governor of Madras, dies at 72
  • May 10 Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans, English soldier, dies at 56
  • May 14 John B Wellekens, poet/painter (Wedding Guests), dies
  • May 14 Moshe Darshan, Rabbi/author (Torat Ahsam), dies
  • Jul 8 John Ker, Scottish spy (b. 1673)
  • Jul 22 Hugh Drysdale, British Colonial Governor of Virginia
  • Jul 31 Nicolaus II Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician (b. 1695)
  • Nov 13 Princess Sophia Dorothea of Celle, repudiated wife of future King George I of Great Britain, and mother of George II, dies at 60
  • Dec 2 Samuel Penhallow, English-born American colonist and historian, dies at 61