< MDCCVIII = 1708 >
Events in 1708
|12 January:|| ||The Julian calendar including its New Year's Day is delayed by 11 days.|
|23 January:|| ||This Chinese New Year the Pig makes room for the Year of the Rat.|
|21 February:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Festival of Sacrifice on the tenth day of the month Dhu al-Hijjah.|
|5 April:|| ||Jews celebrate Pesach for the next seven or eight days.|
|8 April:|| ||The resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated Easter Sunday following the first full moon following the spring equinox as fixed by the Council of Nicaea in 325.|
|27 May:|| ||Seven weeks after Easter Christians celebrate Pentecost, possibly since 68 AD.|
|13 June:|| ||Sebastian Artois, owner of a centuries old brewery in the Belgian city of Leuven, is awarded the title of master brewer, giving rise to name Stella Artois Anno 1366.|
|24 September:|| ||Jews celebrate Yom Kippur since sunset last night.|
|20 October:|| ||St Paul's Cathedral is consecrated in London.|
|3 November:|| ||The thirty days of Ramadan in the Islamic year 1120 begin at the first sighting of the lunar crescent.|
|3 December:|| ||Muslims celebrate the Conclusion of the Fast on the first day of the month Shawwal.|
|24 December:|| ||Christmas Eve starts off the holidays celebrating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.|
People in 1708
Bartolomeu de Gusmão, Giandomenico Cassini, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, Jan van der Heyden, Louis XIV, André Charles Boulle, Isaac Newton, Gottfried Leibniz, Grinling Gibbons, Edmond Halley, Jacob Roggeveen, Jonathan Swift, Herman Boerhaave, Peter the Great, Antonio Vivaldi, Vitus Bering, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Hans Egede, Charles-Louis de Secondat, Voltaire, Nader Shah, Daniel Bernoulli, Anders Celsius, Benjamin Franklin, Leonhard Euler, Carolus Linnaeus and Carlo Goldoni celebrated their birthday this year.
The year 1708 was a leap year starting on a Sunday, just like 1612, 1640, 1668 and 1696 in the century before it and 1736, 1764, 1792 and 1804 in the next.
The coloured days highlight
other historical milestones, and recurring events such as anniversaries and
icons indicate the phases of the moon and appear only for dates in the Gregorian calendar, i.e. after 14 October 1582. The Chinese calendar is available only from 1645 to 2644, the first millenium since the last reform. The coloured columns mark the Sundays, the last day of the week per standard ISO-8601.
The normal calendar page for the current /year?2017 contains an introduction to the intriguing history of the year as we know it. The Calendar Converter has more detail. The so called Perpetual Calendar uses a trick from before the age of computers to find the weekday for any Gregorian date. Also see an overview of all historical events in the last six thousand years.
URL: < http://4umi.com/year?1708 >, created 23 January 2011, changed 13 September 2012, served 17 December 2017.