On This Day

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 Austrian joins Triple Alliance
  • Aug 11 Battle of Cape Passaro: British fleet destroys Spanish off Sicily

AgreementTreaty of Interest

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

Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI
Holy Roman Emperor
Charles VI
  • Aug 25 Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans founded

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 18 Voltaire's "Oedipe" premieres in Paris

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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

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