Category Archives: 18th Century

Historical Facts from 1701 to 1800 CE

February 18, 1790

On February 18, 1790, the Patron Saint of Grammar Nazis took his place looking over the shoulder of God. Thomas de Mahy, the Marquis de Favras, was sentenced to death by hanging during the French Revolution for treason against the … Continue reading

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January 17, 1740

On January 17, 1740, the Greatest German who ever lived, died. Who was this prodigious talent of a man? It was none other than Matthias Buchinger who was also known as Matthew Buckinger in England. Matthew Buckinger was a multi-talented and intelligent… Continue reading

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December 28, 1732

On December 28, 1732, Benjamin Franklin ran an ad in the first issue of “Poor Richard’s Almanack”. It was for the “Pennsylvania Gazette.” Later, to make some real change, Franklin ran ads for “The Furtive Pocket Telescope” which… Continue reading

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December 22, 1731

On December 22, 1731, the Dutch people revolted against their government because of a tax imposed on meat. They were very upset, as the Dutch people were the apex predators in the Netherland’s environmental and economic… Continue reading

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November 7, 1800

On November 7, 1800, it became illegal for women in Paris to wear trousers without a Police permit. It was still illegal for them to go naked in public. In 2013, the ‘trouser ban’ was annulled after 213 years, but it was still… Continue reading

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November 5, 1781

On November 5, 1781, around eight months after discovering the seventh planet, astronomer William Herschel was able to determine that Uranus is so big that you could fit 63 Earths inside it. That’s how big Uranus is. It’s huge. Continue reading

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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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