February 2 - Alexander Selkirk is rescued from shipwreck on a desert island,
inspiring the book Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.
July 8 - Battle of Poltava - In the Ukraine, Peter I of Russia defeats Charles XII
Sweden at Poltava thus effectively ending Sweden's role as a major power in Europe.
ascends to the throne of Japan.Births
March 7 - Georg Steller
, German naturalist ( 1746).
December 18 - Princess Elizabeth of Russia
, later reigning Emperess of Russia.
December 25 - Willem van den Houten
September 13 - Christophorus van den Houten
February 13 - Rochus den Breen
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