Events in History in 1717

  • Jan 4 Netherlands, Great Britain & France sign Triple Alliance
  • Jan 5 Prussian King Frederik Willem I buys conscript for nobles
  • Jan 14 German mob leader and thief "Sjako" sentenced to death in Amsterdam
  • Feb 1 Henri d'Aguesseau's 1st appointment as chancellor of France
  • Mar 2 The Loves of Mars and Venus becomes the first ballet performed in England
  • Mar 31 A sermon on "The Nature of the Kingdom of Christ" by Benjamin Hoadly, the Bishop of Bangor, provokes the Bangorian Controversy
  • Jun 24 1st Free Masons' grand lodge founded in London
  • Jul 28 Prussian King Frederik Willhelm I orders compulsory education for 5-12 year olds

Appointment of Interest

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

  • Aug 16 Prince Eugenius of Savoye occupies Belgrade
  • Aug 17 France, Russia & Prussia sign agreement
  • Aug 22 Spanish troops land on Sardinia
  • Sep 5 Britain's King George I issues Proclamation "For Suppressing Pirates in the West Indies", granting pirates who surrender a pardon (re-issued 1718)

Pirate Attack

Nov 28 Blackbeard attacks and captures a French merchant slave ship, which he renames as his flagship the "Queen Anne's Revenge"

  • Dec 5 English pirate Blackbeard ransacks the merchant sloop "Margaret" and keeps her captain, Henry Bostock prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock later provides 1st record of Blackbeard's appearance, and the source for his name
  • Dec 25 Floods ravage Dutch coast provinces, thousands killed