Historical Events for Year 1709
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Jan 5th - Sudden extreme cold kills 1000s of Europeans
Jan 11th - Colley Cibber's "Rival Fools," premieres in London
Feb 1st - Alexander Selkirk [basis of Robinson Crusoe] rescued from Juan Fernandez
Feb 2nd - British sailor Alexander Selkirk is rescued after being marooned on a desert island for 5 years, his story inspires "Robinson Crusoe"
Feb 12th - Alexander Selkirk, Scottish seaman is rescued after 4+ years from Fernandez Island (inspiration for Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe")
Mar 27th - Dike at Hardinxveld breaks (Alblasserwaard flooded)
Apr 12th - 1st edition of Tattler magazine in England
Jun 27th - Peter the Great defeats Charles XII of Sweden at the Battle of Poltava.
Jul 8th - Battle of Poltava; Russians defeat Swedes
Aug 8th - 1st known ascent in hot-air balloon, Bartolomeu de Gusmao (indoors)
Sep 3rd - 1st major group of Swiss/German colonists reaches NC/SC
Sep 11th - Battle at Malplaquet during War of the Spanish Succession: Engl/Aust/Dutch Great Alliance beat France
Oct 29th - England/Netherlands sign anti-French "Barrieretraktaat"