Events in History in 1720

  • Jan 6 The Committee of Inquiry on the South Sea Bubble publishes its findings
  • Jan 21 Sweden and Prussia sign a peace treaty ending hostilities between them during the Great Northern War

Astronomer Royal Edmond Halley

Feb 10 Edmond Halley appointed as the second Astronomer Royal at the Greenwich Observatory

  • Feb 11 Sweden & Prussia sign peace (2nd Treaty of Stockholm)
  • Feb 29 Queen Ulrica Eleonora of Sweden resigns
  • May 22 Foundation stone laid for German Baroque palace the Würzburg Residence (completed 1744)
  • May 25 The Ship "Le Grand St Antoine" reaches Marseille, bringing Europe's last major plague outbreak. Kills around 100,000.
  • Jun 9 Sweden and Denmark signs 3rd Treaty of Stockholm
  • Jun 10 Mrs Clements of England markets first paste-style mustard
  • Jul 3 Sweden and Denmark sign peace treaty
  • Jul 27 The second important victory of the Russian Navy - the Battle of Grengam
  • Aug 1 South Sea bubble reaches a frenzy in London as the stock price of the South Sea Company peaks at £1,000, collapses soon after and falls to £124 by December
  • Sep 12 Isaak of Hoornbeek elected Dutch pension advisor
  • Oct 10 French government proclaims strike on banknotes
  • Oct 17 Pierre de Marivaux' "Arlequin Poli Par l'Amour" premieres in Paris
  • Nov 9 Rabbi Yehuda Hasid synagogue set afire

Pirate Attack

Nov 15 Pirates Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and John Rackham are captured by Capt. Jonathan Barnet and brought to Spanish Town, Jamaica, for trial

Event of Interest

Nov 28 Anne Bonny and Mary Read are tried, found guilty of pirating, and sentenced to death in Spanish Town, Jamaica, although their discovered pregnancies win them stays of execution