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1702 in England

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1702 in England
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Events from the year 1702 in the Kingdom of England.



  • Monarch - William III (to 8 March), Anne
  • Events

  • 20 February - William III falls from his horse, Sorrel, in Richmond Park after it stumbles on a molehill and breaks his clavicle.
  • 8 March (19 March N.S.) - William III dies of complications following his accident; his sister-in-law Anne Stuart, Princess of Denmark, becomes Queen Anne of England.
  • 11 March (22 March N.S.) - The first regular English language national newspaper, The Daily Courant, is published for the first time in Fleet Street in the City of London; it covers only foreign news.
  • 23 April - Coronation of Queen Anne in Westminster Abbey.
  • 4 May (14 May N.S.) - War of the Spanish Succession: England, the Dutch Republic and the Holy Roman Empire declare war on France as part of the Grand Alliance.
  • June - War of the Spanish Succession: Queen Anne's Captain-General John Churchill forces the surrender of Kaiserswerth on the Rhine.
  • July - General election results in victory for the Tories.
  • September - War of the Spanish Succession: Churchill forces the surrender of Venlo on the River Meuse.
  • 27 October - English troops plunder St. Augustine in Florida.
  • October - War of the Spanish Succession: George Rooke fails to take Cádiz, but captures a Spanish treasure fleet and destroys French and Spanish warships.
  • 23 October - War of the Spanish Succession:
  • Churchill forces the surrender of Liège.
  • At the Battle of Vigo Bay, the Anglo-Dutch fleet defeats that of France and Spain.
  • December - Daniel Defoe publishes his satiric pamphlet The Shortest Way with the Dissenters (anonymously).
  • 14 December - John Churchill is created Duke of Marlborough.
  • Undated

  • Castle Howard in Yorkshire completed, to the design of John Vanbrugh and Nicholas Hawksmoor.
  • George Sorocold erects machinery at Cotchetts' silk spinning mill in Derby, making it one of the earliest examples of a factory.
  • John Kersey publishes A New English Dictionary; or, a complete collection of the most proper and significant words, commonly used in the language.
  • Births

  • 4 March - Jack Sheppard, burglar and escapee (died 1724)
  • 26 June - Philip Doddridge, religious leader (died 1751)
  • 5 November - Edward Stone, polymath (died 1768)
  • Undated - Benjamin Stillingfleet, botanist (died 1771)
  • Deaths

  • 8 March - King William III (born 1650 in The Hague, Netherlands)
  • 23 April - Margaret Fell, Quaker leader (born 1614)
  • 28 September - Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland, statesman (born 1640)
  • 15 October - Frances Stewart, Duchess of Richmond, courtier (born 1647)
  • 4 November - John Benbow, admiral (born 1653)
  • References

    1702 in England Wikipedia

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