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Events and People Who Made History in the Year 1718 AD

January

January 9: France declares war on Spain
January 17: Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland; kills 53

May

May 15: James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun

July

July 31: Battle at Cape Passaro: English fleet destroys Spanish

August

August 2: Austrian joins Triple Alliance
August 11: Battle at Cape Passaro: English fleet destroys Spanish
August 21: Emperor Karel VI, Turkey and Venice sign peace treaty
August 25: Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans, found

November

November 18: Voltaires "Oedipe," premieres in Paris

December

December 11: Battle at Frederikshall Norway
December 17: England declares war on Spain
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