Category Archives: 18th Century

Historical Facts from 1701 to 1800 CE

July 25, 1797

On July 25, 1797, British Admiral Horatio Nelson went ahead with his plan to attack and conquer the Spanish island of Tenerife. He was told by the Spanish that it would cost him an arm and a leg if he did so. After losing… Continue reading

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July 23, 1764

On July 23, 1764 Bostonian lawyer and future patriot, James Otis Jr., published his views on taxation without representation. He was against it. When English King George III heard about it, he just harrumphed, and continued to… Continue reading

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July 8, 1709

On July 8, 1709, Peter I of Russia defeated Charles XII of Sweden at the Battle of Poltava. This effectively sent Sweden to the B-Team as a mover and shaker in Europe’s power struggles. The Swedes, while not very happy with the… Continue reading

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June 26, 1718

On June 26, 1718, Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great’s son, died under mysterious circumstances after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him. The only mystery was why he didn’t… Continue reading

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June 25, 1798

On June 25, 1798, the United States passed the Alien Act, which allowed the President to deport dangerous aliens. President John Adams lost little time in kicking Ripsorck Epsilom 14 out of the fledgling United States. It was… Continue reading

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April 29, 1715

On April 29, 1715, English astronomer, John Flamsteed, observed Uranus for the sixth time. Heheh. The twelve year-old in me never tires of that. Uranus. Heheheheheh.

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March 27, 1794

On March 27, 1794, the countries of Denmark and Sweden formed a neutrality compact. They promised to not be enemies, but they didn’t promise to be friends. It was like when you go to a house-party that the Smith-Wyatts put … Continue reading

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March 22, 1733

On March 22, 1733, mankind took the first step toward creating the perfect beverage. On this date, British scientist Joseph Priestley invented carbonated water. Unfortunately, it would take 153 years before man was ready to take the next step and … Continue reading

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February 5, 1777

On February 5, 1777, Georgia became the first US state to abolish the entail and primogeniture system of inheritance. What is entail and primogeniture? It’s where the first born or eldest surviving son is the only legal inheritor of his … Continue reading

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January 29, 1785

On January 29, 1785, John Hancock, the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence, resigned as the governor of Massachusetts. The reason given was allegedly due to his failing health. What is strange was that his resignation happened at … Continue reading

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