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The South Sea Scheme by William Hogarth
The South Seas bubble in Great Britain is bursting, as is the
speculative bubble with Mississippi shares in France .
King Frederick of Sweden
After the resignation of his wife Ulrika Eleonore, Friedrich I of Hesse becomes King of Sweden .
Villasur's force is surrounded by Indians;  Depiction of an unknown artist on a buffalo skin
The Spanish Villasur expedition to the Great Plains is wiped out by Indian warriors.
1720 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 1168/69 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1712/13 (turn of the year 10/11 September)
Bengali solar calendar 1125/1126 (beginning of April 14th or 15th)
Buddhist calendar 2263/64 (southern Buddhism); 2262/63 (alternative calculation according to Buddhas Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 73rd (74th) cycle

Year of the Metal Rat庚子 ( at the beginning of the Earth Pig year 己亥)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 1082/83 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 4053/54 (October 2/3)
Iranian calendar 1098/99
Islamic calendar 1132/33 (turn of the year 1st / 2nd November)
Jewish calendar 5480/81 (September 3-4)
Coptic calendar 1436/37 (September 10-11)
Malayalam calendar 895/896
Seleucid era Babylon: 2030/31 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 2031/32 (turn of the year October)

Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1776/77 (turn of the year April)


Politics and world events

Great Northern War

The War in the Baltic Sea Region 1709-21
Sea battle near Grönham, copper engraving 1721

Quadruple Alliance War


  • Brandenburg-Prussia gives up its St. Thomas colony in the Caribbean.




Trading companies and speculative bubbles

Business start-ups

Postal services

science and technology


Architecture and fine arts


Music and theater

Bach's explanation of the decorations in the piano booklet for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Direction book for the world premiere of Radamisto in London, 1720
Title page of the libretto, music by Pietro Torri
First sonata for violin solo: Adagio (autograph 1720)




Contemporary engraving of Marseille during the Great Plague

Historical maps and views

Door frame from 1720


First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Luise Ulrike of Prussia with mask, portrait by Antoine Pesne , around 1744

Fourth Quarter

Exact date of birth unknown

Born around 1720


First quarter

Bronze coffin of Empress Eleonora Magdalena in the Capuchin Crypt

Second quarter

Third quarter

Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea

Fourth Quarter

Exact date of death unknown

Died around 1720

  • Conradi , German singer and star of the Hamburg Opera

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