The 18th century began on January 1, 1701 and ended on December 31, 1800.
1701 - 1714: War of the Spanish Succession.
1701: Prussia becomes a kingdom.
1703: Peter the Great founds St. Petersburg. Until 1918, it became the capital of Russia.
1707: The Kingdom of Great Britain is formed after the merger of the Scottish and English Parliaments.
1711: Ruđer Bošković was born.
1715: After the death of King Louis XIV, France is on the brink of collapse.
1718: The French found New Orleans in North America.
1718: Peace of Požarevac.
1721: Robert Walpole becomes the first Minister of Great Britain (de facto).
1721: Peace of Nistad is signed, Great Northern War ends.
1722 - 1723: Russo-Persian War.
1722: Afghans occupy Iran.
1722: Kanji Chinese ruler dies.
1733 - 1738: War for Polish Heritage.
1739: Peace of Belgrade; Another migration of Serbs.
1740: Frederick II the Great is crowned King of Prussia.
1740: 1748 - War of the Austrian Succession.
1741: Russians inhabit the Aleutian Islands.
1741: Dositej Obradović was born.
1750: The peak of the Little Ice Age.
1755: Lisbon earthquake.
1756 - 1763 - Seven Years' War.
1757: The Battle of Plase marks the beginning of British rule in India.
1760: George III becomes King of Britain.
1762 - 1796: Catherine the Great rules Russia.
1768: Gurkhas occupy Nepal.
1768 - 1774: Russo-Turkish War.
1769: Spanish missionaries establish their first of 21 missions in California.
1769: Birth of Napoleon I Bonaparte
1772 - 1795: Partition of Poland, end of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, and deletion of Poland from the map in 123 years.
1775 - 1783: US Revolutionary War.
1785: Joseph II abolishes serfdom in Hungary.
1785-1795: Northwest Indian War between the United States and Native Americans.
1787: Freed slaves from London establish Freetown.
1787: Born Vuk Karadzic
1788: The first European settlement founded in Australia in Sydney.
1789: George Washington is elected President of the United States. Serves until 1797.
1789-1799: French Revolution
1791: Jewish emancipation in France.
1791 - 1804: Haitian Revolution
1792-1815: The Great French War begins as the French Revolutionary War leading to the Napoleonic Wars.
1793: Upper Canada bans slavery.
1795: With the Peace of Madrid between the United States and Spain, the Mississippi Territory becomes part of the United States.
1796: The British expel the Dutch from Ceylon.