Events in History in 1718

  • Jan 9 France declares war on Spain
  • Jan 17 Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland; kills 53
  • May 1 Spanish Catholic missionaries establish Mission San Antonio de Valero (now known as Alamo), the fist of several settlements in what is now San Antonio, Texas
  • May 7 The city of New Orleans founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
  • May 15 James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun
  • Jun 26 Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great's son, mysteriously dies after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him.
  • Jul 21 The Treaty of Passarowitz between the Ottoman Empire, Austria and the Republic of Venice is signed
  • Aug 2 Austria joins Triple Alliance of Britain, France and the Dutch Republic forming the Quadruple Alliance, to fight against Spain
  • Aug 11 Battle of Cape Passaro: British fleet destroys Spanish off Sicily

Treaty of Interest

Aug 21 Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, Turkey and Venice sign peace treaty

  • Aug 25 Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans founded

Historic Event

Nov 18 Voltaire's "Oedipe" premieres in Paris

Appointment of Interest

Dec 10 Laurence Eusden is appointed British Poet Laureate under George I

  • Dec 17 France, Britain and Austria declare war on Spain (War of the Quadruple Alliance 1718–1720)