A collection of world events between 1492 and 1859, focusing on the 17th and 18th centuries. Please refer to the Guide for more info, tips and Search examples...

ITScRn1497Feb07Supporters of the anti-luxury Dominican priest Girolamo Savonarola light the Bonfire of the Vanities, burning thousands of objects condemned as “occasions of sin” in Florence, Italy.
EU????1522Feb07Treaty of Brussels: Habsburgers split into Spanish/Austrian Branches
ITScRn1550Feb07Giovanni Maria del Monte elected as Pope Julius III
SAScGv1569Feb07King Philip II forms inquistion in South America
FRMePr1639Feb07Académie Française begins Dictionary of French Language
FRScGv1653Feb07Nicolas Fouquet appointed superintendant of Finance of France
??????1668Feb07Dutch Prince William III dances in premiere of Francois Francœur’s Ballet of Peace
NAMePr1775Feb07Benjamin Franklin publishes An Imaginary Speech
GB????1783Feb07Spanish and French forces finally lift their siege of the British garrison holding Gibraltar, the longest siege endured by the British military, after 3 years and 7 months
??????1792Feb07Austria and Prussia sign anti-French covenant
EUMeMu   Domenico Cimarosa’s opera Il Matrimonio Segreto premieres in Vienna
NAScGv1795Feb0711th Amendment to the Constitution passes, affirms power of states
NE????   Dutch Prince William V accepts British occupation of Dutch Indies
NAScBd1804Feb07Blacksmith and farm equipment manufacturer John Deere is born in Rutland, VT
NASeNd1812Feb078.0 earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri
GBScBd   English novelist Charles Dickens is born at Landport, Portsea Island
NAMePr1818Feb07First successful U.S. educational magazine Academician launches in New York City
NA????1827Feb07Ballet (Deserter) introduced to U.S. at Bowery Theater (New York City)
EUScGv1831Feb07Belgium adopts its Constitution
GBMePr1836Feb07Sketches by Boz (essays) published by Charles Dickens
NAMeSp1839Feb07Henry Clay declares in Senate "I had rather be right than president"
EUScEd1854Feb07A law is approved to found the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and the first lecture is given on October 16, 1855
NAScBd1855Feb07Cowboy celebrity Charles Siringo is born in Texas
PAScGv1856Feb07The colonial Tasmanian Parliament passes the Electoral Act of 1856, the first piece of known legislation providing for elections by way of secret ballot

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