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1724 in Great Britain

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1724 in Great Britain

Events from the year 1724 in Great Britain.

Contents

Incumbents

  • Monarch - George I
  • Prime Minister - Robert Walpole (Whig)
  • Events

  • 20 February - Première of Julius Caesar in Egypt, an Italian opera by George Frideric Handel, takes place in London.
  • 6 April - Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne becomes Secretary of State for the Southern Department; Henry Pelham becomes Secretary at War.
  • 16 November - Jack Sheppard is hanged in London. (His partner-in-crime, highwayman Joseph "Blueskin" Blake, was similarly executed five days earlier.)
  • Unknown dates

  • Blenheim Palace construction is completed. It is presented as a gift to the Duke of Marlborough for his involvement in the Battle of Blenheim in 1704.
  • Longman, the oldest publishing house in England, is founded.
  • Publications

  • Daniel Defoe's A tour thro' the whole island of Great Britain begins publication.
  • Jonathan Swift's Drapier's Letters begin publication.
  • Isaac Watts' textbook Logic.
  • Births

  • 24 January - Frances Brooke, writer (died 1789)
  • 28 February - George Townshend, 1st Marquess Townshend, field marshal (died 1807)
  • 19 May - Augustus Hervey, 3rd Earl of Bristol, admiral and politician (died 1779)
  • 3 June - John Gregory, physician, medical writer and moralist (died 1773)
  • 8 June - John Smeaton, civil engineer (died 1792)
  • 25 August - George Stubbs, painter (died 1806)
  • 3 September - Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester, soldier and Governor of Quebec (died 1808)
  • 31 October - Christopher Anstey, writer (died 1805)
  • 12 December - Samuel Hood, 1st Viscount Hood, admiral (died 1816)
  • 25 December - John Michell, scientist and geologist (died 1793)
  • Deaths

  • 12 February - Elkanah Settle, writer (born 1648)
  • 21 May - Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Mortimer, statesman (born 1661)
  • 15 June - Henry Sacheverell, churchman and politician (born 1674)
  • 29 October - William Wollaston, philosophical writer (born 1659)
  • 11 November - Joseph Blake (alias Blueskin), highwayman (executed) (born 1700)
  • 16 November - Jack Sheppard, criminal (executed) (born 1702)
  • 27 December - Thomas Guy, philanthropist (born 1644)
  • References

    1724 in Great Britain Wikipedia


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