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1718Voltaire's "Oedipe" premieres in Paris

1718 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 9
France declares war on Spain 
Jan 17
Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switz; kills 53 
May 7
The city of New Orleans was founded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville . 
May 15
James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun 
Jun 26
Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia, Peter the Great's son, mysteriously dies after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him. 
Jul 21
The Treaty of Passarowitz between the Ottoman Empire, Austria and the Republic of Venice is signed. 
Jul 31
Battle at Cape Passaro: English fleet destroys Spanish 
Aug 2
Austrian joins Triple Alliance 
Aug 11
Battle at Cape Passaro: English fleet destroys Spanish 
Aug 21
Emperor Karel VI, Turkey & Venice sign peace treaty 
Aug 25
Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana; New Orleans, founded 
Nov 18
Voltaire's "Oedipe" premieres in Paris 
Dec 17
France, Britain and Austria declare war on Spain. 
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