This year in history - 1707

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This year in history - 1707

Dec 23 2007

In 1707.....

  • Isaac Newton's Arithmetica Universalis is first published but Newton is so unhappy with the work that he refuses to have his name appear as author and considered purchasing all the copies so he could have them destroyed.
  • The Act of Union joining England and Scotland is passed and the first parliament of the united Kingdom of Great Britain sits.
  • Jonathan Swift published A Critical Essay upon the Faculties of the Mind, one of the many essays, tracts, pamphlets and poems he wrote before writing Gulliver's Travels, some twenty years later, for which he is best remembered.
  • English novelist and dramatist Henry Fielding was born. Best remembered for The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling he also holds a place in the history of law-enforcement having founded the Bow Street Runners, London's first professional police force. 
  • Charles Wesley, a leader of the Methodist movement and younger brother of John Wesley, is born. Today Charles is best remembered for the many hymns he wrote such as Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Love Divine, All Loves Excelling and Christ the Lord is Risen Today.
  • Japan's Mount Fuji erupts for the last time to date.
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