Events in History in 1724

Fahrenheit Scale

Jan 1 Glassblower Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit proposes system for making thermometers and the Fahrenheit temperature scale in a paper to the Royal Society of London and is elected a fellow on its basis

  • Jan 14 Spanish King Philip V abdicates throne

Event of Interest

Jan 28 The Russian Academy of Sciences founded in St. Petersburg by Peter the Great, and implemented in a Senate decree. Called St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences until 1917.

Event of Interest

Apr 1 Henry Pelham becomes English minister of War

Historic Publication

Apr 1 Jonathan Swift publishes Drapier's letters

Event of Interest

Apr 6 Thomas Pelham-Holles becomes British Minister of Foreign Affairs

  • Jun 23 Russia and Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople
  • Oct 13 Jonathan Swift publishes last of Drapier's letters
  • Oct 15 Cornelis Steenoven is 1st archbishop of Old Catholic church in Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Dec 7 Tumult of Thorn - religious unrest was followed by the execution of nine Protestant citizens and the mayor of Thorn (Toruń) by Polish authorities.

Event of Interest

Dec 23 Emperor Charles VI names Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria land guardian of the Austrian Netherlands