On This Day

Events in History in 1715

  • Apr 15 Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.

Music releaseTheater Premiere

Apr 20 Nicholas Rowe's play "The Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey" premieres in London

Queen of England Jane Grey
Queen of England
Jane Grey

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Apr 29 English Astronomer John Flamsteed observes Uranus for 6th time

1st Astronomer Royal John Flamsteed
1st Astronomer Royal
John Flamsteed
  • May 1 Prussia declares war on Sweden

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May 3 Edmond Halley observes total eclipse phenomenon "Baily's Beads"

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley
  • Jul 29 10 Spanish treasure galleons sunk off Florida coast by a hurricane
  • Jul 30 Spanish gold and silver fleet disappears off St Lucie, Florida
  • Aug 1 First Doggett's Coat and Badge race (Waterman's race) held on Thames River (London Bridge to Chelsea)

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Sep 1 King Louis XIV of France dies after a reign of 72 years—the longest of any major European monarch.

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • Sep 6 Pro-James III-uprising in Scotland
  • Nov 13 Battle of Sheriffmuir during Jacobite rebellion. Battle inconclusive but Government forces halt advance of Jacobite army lead by Scottish Earl of Mar
  • Nov 15 Barrier Treaty, Austria cedes area to Netherlands
  • Nov 24 London's Thames River freezes over
  • Nov 25 First English patent granted to an American, for processing corn
  • Dec 12 Russian and Prussian troops occupy Stralsund [NS=12/23]
  • Dec 22 English pretender to the throne James III lands at Peterhead
  • Dec 23 Russian/Prussian troops occupy Stralsund
  • Dec 24 Swedish troops occupy Norway