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Timeline of the Eighteenth Century by Mind Map: Timeline of the Eighteenth Century
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Timeline of the Eighteenth Century

1662

Act of Uniformity

All clergy must obey Church of England

Book of Common Prayer reimposed

Many Clergy refuse BoCP and were forced to leave their homes in London.

Royal Society Chartered

The first Curator of Experiments was Robert Hooke

Licensing Act Renewed

Regulates Printing and Printing Presses

1660

Charles II restored to throne

Pepys begins Diary

Theatres reopen

1785

COLOR KEY

Periodicals - Brown

Political - Red

Publications - Green

Religious - Blue

Social - Purple

Science - Orange

1666

The Great Fire

1668

Dryden, Essay of Dramatic Poesy

Dryden becomes Poet Laureate

1667

Milton, Paradise Lost

1664

Plague outbreaks, continues through 1666, The Great Fire

1673

Test Act

Prevents non-Anglicans from holding any public office

1678

Popish Plot

False conspiracy to kill King Charles II and those most loyal to him. Perpetuated by Titus Oates.

Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress

1685

Death of Charles II

James II ascends the throne

Catholic

1681

Charles II dissolves Parliament

Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel

1687

Isaac Newton, Principia Mathematica

1690

Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

1700

Congreve, The Way of the World

Astell, Some Reflections upon Marriage

The London Spy ends publication

Amusements Serious and Comical periodical appears briefly

Edited by Tom Brown

1688

The Glorious Revolution

James II exiled

Succeeded by Mary and William III

Protestant

1701

War of Spanish Succession begins

Defoe, The True-Born Englishman

1702

Death of William III

Succession of Anne

Protestant

The Daily Courant appears

Edited by Samuel Buckley

Whig newspaper

The Observator appears

Edited by John Tutchin

1704

Newton, Optics

The Rehearsal periodical appears

Edited by Charles Leslie

Tory newspaper

1707

Act of Union with Scotland

1711

Pope, An Essay on Criticism

Spectator periodical appears

Edited by Addison and Steele, essays contributed by various authors

Issue No. 1- March 1

555 issues in this series

1712

Spectator ends publication

Final issue (No. 555)- Saturday, Dec. 6

The Observator ends publication

Stamp Tax imposed on publications

Limits periodical readership

1709

Tatler periodical appears

Edited by Steele under the pseudonym Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq.

Issue No. 1- Tuesday, April 12

271 issues in total

1710

Tatler ends publication

Final issue (No. 271)- Tuesday, Jan. 2

Tories come into power

1713

The Guardian periodical appears

Edited by Steele

Essays published anonymously

Issue No. 1- March 12

Guardian ends publication

Final issue (No. 175)- October 1

The Englishman periodical appears

Edited by Steele

Issue No. 1- October 6

1714

Spectator reappears

Edited by Addison

Issue No. 1- June 18

Queen Anne dies. George I enthroned

Whigs return to power

1698

The London Spy periodical appears

Edited by Edward (Ned) Ward

1692

The Gentleman's Journal appears

Edited by Peter Motteux

1694

Gentleman's Journal ends publication

Queen Mary dies, William III enthroned

1695

Licensing Act lapses

Publishing regulations slacken

The Post Boy periodical appears

Edited by Abel Roper

Tory newspaper

The Post-Man appears

Edited by Jean de Fonvive

Tory newspaper

The Flying Post appears

Edited by George Ridpath

Whig Newspaper

1736

The Post Boy ends publication

1730

The Post-Man ends publication

1731

The Flying Post ends publication

1735

The Daily Courant ends publication

1708

Swift, The Bickerstaff Papers

1721

Robert Walpole comes to power

England's first Prime Minister

1727

George I dies/ George II enthroned

1744

The Female Spectator appears

Edited by Eliza Haywood

First periodical by a woman for women

1750

The Rambler appears

Edited by Johnson

Issue No. 1- March 20

1752

The Rambler ends publication

March 14

1753

The Adventurer appears

Edited by John Hawkesworth

29 essays contributed by Johnson

1754

The Adventurer ends publication

1755

Johnson's Dictionary

1758

The Idler appears

Edited by Johnson

Issue No. 1- April 15

1760

The Idler ends publication

Final issue, No. 103- April 5

1748

Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

1728

Gay, The Beggar's Opera

1726

Swift, Gulliver's Travels

1737

Licensing Act

1742

Walpole Resigns