Events in History in 1704

  • Feb 28 Frenchman Elias Neau opens a school for blacks in NYC
  • Feb 28 Indians attack Deerfield, Massachusetts, killing 40, kidnapping 100
  • Feb 29 French & Indians attack Deerfield, Massachusetts, kill 50, abduct 100
  • Apr 24 1st continuously published newspaper in America - The Boston News-Letter published in Boston by John Campbell [1]
  • May 1 Boston Newsletter publishes 1st newspaper advertisement
  • May 20 Elias Neau forms school for slaves in NY
  • Jun 30 First trial for piracy by the British Admiralty Court outside of Britain finds Captain John Quelch and five crew guilty, sentenced to hang the same day [1]
  • Jul 12 Stanislaw Leszcynski becomes king of part of Poland
  • Jul 24 English and Dutch troops occupy Gibraltar
  • Aug 3 English/Dutch fleet under Rooke/Callenburgh occupy Gibraltar
  • Aug 4 War of Spanish Succession, English and Dutch troops occupy Gibraltar

Victory in Battle

Aug 13 Battle of Blenheim (Second Battle of Höchstädt): A combined British, German and Dutch army led by John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, decisively beats the French and Bavarians

  • Aug 24 Battle of Málaga: largest naval battle in the War of the Spanish Succession; Tactically indecisive but a Grand Alliance strategic victory