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Year 1720 (MDCCXX) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Friday

of the 11-day slower Julian calendar.

Events of 1720



  • July 12 – The Lords Justice of the UK attempt to curb some of the excesses of the stock markets during the South Sea bubble. They dissolved a number of petitions for patents and charters, and abolished more than 80 joint-stock companies of dubious merit. According to Charles MacKay, this had little effect on the creation of "Bubbles", ephemeral joint-stock companies created during the hysteria of the times.
  • SeptemberSouth Sea Bubble: The English stock market crashes with dropping prices for stock in The South Sea Company, an English company granted a monopoly to trade with South America.
  • November 16 – Pirate Jack Rackham is brought to trial at St. Jago de la Vega in Jamaicamarker.


Ongoing events


See also :Category: 1720 births.


See also :Category: 1720 deaths.


  1. "Calendar in year 1720 (Russia)" (full Julian calendar), webpage: Julian-1720 (Russia used the Julian calendar until 1919).
  2. Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (Harriman House Classics 2003),

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