1718 in History
January 9 France declares war on Spain
January 17 Avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland; kills 53
May 15 James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun
July 31 Battle at Cape Passaro: English fleet destroys Spanish
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 18 Voltaires "Oedipe," premieres in Paris
December 11 Battle at Frederikshall Norway
December 17 England declares war on Spain