January 4 - Palace of Whitehall in London is destroyed by fire.
September 5 - In an effort to move his people away from Asiatic customs, TsarPeter I
of Russia imposes a tax on beards; All men except priests and peasants,
are required to pay a tax of one hundred rubles a year and the commoners had
to pay one kopek each.Tani Jinzan
, astronomer and calendar scholar, observes a fire destroy Tosa
(now Kochi) in Japan at the same time as a Leonid Meteor storm, taking it as
evidence to reinforce belief in the "Theory of Areas".Thomas Savery
patents an early steam engine.
A congress begins in Sremski Karlovci to discuss a treaty between the Ottoman
Empire and the Holy League.
Humphrey Hody is appointed regius professor of Greek at Oxford.
Bucharest becomes capital of Romania.Mombasa
are captured by Oman.George I
of Great Britain becomes Elector of Hanover.Births
February - Colin Maclaurin
, Scottish mathematician.
November 23 - Lambraght Aartse/Lambregt van den Houten
, English naturalist.William Warburton
, English critic.William Cavendish
, 3rd Duke of Devonshire.Johann Jakob Bodmer
, Swiss author.Metastasio
, Italian poet.Pierre Louis Moreau de Maupertuis
, French mathematician.Vaclav Prokop Divis
, Czech theologian.Deaths
23 January - Ernst August
, Duke of Brunswick, in Lüneburg.Nicholas Barbon
, English economist.Louis de Buade de Frontenac
, Governor of New France.To my Homepage