1704

Year 1704 (MDCCIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Saturday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). Year 1704 of the Swedish calendar was a leap year starting on Friday, one day ahead of the Julian calendar.

Events of 1704

January - June


* February 29 - Canadians (actual "Québécois") and Native Americans sack Deerfield, Massachusetts.
* February - In America, Mardi Gras is celebrated with the "Masque de la Mobile" in the capital of French Louisianne, Mobile (Alabama).
* April 24 - The first regular newspaper in British North America, "The Boston News-Letter", is published.

July - December

* August 4 - English and Dutch forces under Sir George Rooke capture Gibraltar.
* August 13 - War of the Spanish Succession - Battle of Blenheim: English troops under John Churchill, the Earl of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy defeat the Franco-Bavarian army.
* August 24 - French and English fleets clash off Málaga, causing heavy casualties in both sides but without sinking any ships.

Undated

* The Students' Monument is built in Aiud, Romania.
* The Sultanate of Brunei cedes its north-east territories to the Sultanate of Sulu.
* The lower 3 counties of the Province of Pennsylvania become the colony of Delaware.
* An earthquake strikes Gondar, Ethiopia.
* Daniel Defoe documents the Great Storm of 1703 with eyewitness testimonies in "The Storm" (1704).
* Great Northern War: Russian troops under Czar Peter the Great capture Tartu and Narva.
* Rome decrees that Roman ceremonial practice in Latin (not in Chinese) is to be the law for Chinese missions.

Births


* January 1 - Soame Jenyns, English writer (d. 1787)
* February 12 - Charles Pinot Duclos, French writer (d. 1772)
* February 28 - Louis Godin, French astronomer (d. 1760)
* April 10 - Benjamin Heath, English classical scholar (d. 1766)
* June 4 - Benjamin Huntsman, English inventor and manufacturer (d. 1776)
* June 11 - Carlos Seixas, Portuguese composer (d. 1742)
* June 17 - John Kay, English inventor (d. 1780)
* June 22 - John Taylor, English classical scholar (d. 1766)
* June 24 - Jean-Baptiste de Boyer, Marquis d'Argens, French writer (d. 1771)
* July 15 - August Gottlieb Spangenberg, German religious leader (d. 1792)
* July 31 - Gabriel Cramer, Swiss mathematician (d. 1752)
* October 29 - John Byng, British admiral (d. 1757)
* November 1 - Paul Daniel Longolius, German encylopedist (d. 1779)
* December 31 - Carl Gotthelf Gerlach, German organist (d. 1761): "See also ."

Deaths


* February 2 - Guillaume François Antoine, Marquis de l'Hôpital, French mathematician (b. 1661)
* February 23 - Georg Muffat, German composer (b. 1645)
* February 24 - Marc-Antoine Charpentier, French composer (b. 1643)
* March 17 - Menno van Coehoorn, Dutch military engineer (b. 1641)
* April 8 - Hiob Ludolf, German orientalist (b. 1624)
* April 8 - Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney, English statesman (b. 1641)
* April 10 - William Egon of Fürstenberg, Bishop of Strassburg (b. 1629)
* April 12 - Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, French bishop and writer (b. 1627)
* April 15 - Johann van Waveren Hudde, Dutch mathematician (b. 1628)
* May 3 - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Austrian composer (b. 1644)
* May 13 - Louis Bourdaloue, French Jesuit preacher (b. 1632)
* June 18 - Tom Brown, English satirist (b. 1662)
* June 30 - John Quelch, English pirate (b. 1666)
* July 3 - Sophia Alekseyevna, regent of Russia (b. 1657)
* July 7 - Pierre-Charles Le Sueur, French fur trader and explorer (b. c. 1657)
* July 20 - Peregrine White, first English child born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony (b. 1620)
* August 14 - Roland Laporte, French Protestant leader (b. 1675)
* October 28 - John Locke, English philosopher (b. 1632)
* November 4 - Andreas Acoluthus, German orientalist (b. 1654)

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