- 1708 in Great Britain
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1708in the Kingdom of Great Britain.
Anne of Great Britain
13 February- Robert Harley is dismissed from his position as Secretary of State for the Northern Departmentand Robert Walpolebecomes Secretary at War.citebook|last=Williams|first=Hywel|title=Cassell's Chronology of World History|publisher=Weidenfeld & Nicolson|year=2005|isbn=0-304-35730-8|pages=292]
11 March- Queen Anne withholds Royal Assentfrom the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarchvetoes legislation.
23 March- James Francis Edward Stuartunsuccessfully tries to land at the Firth of Forthwith a French fleet.
1 May- the Privy Councils of England and Scotland merged into the Privy Council of Great Britain. [cite web|url=http://www.opsi.gov.uk/RevisedStatutes/Acts/apgb/1707/capgb_17070040_en_1|title=Union with Scotland (Amendment ) Act 1707|accessdate=2008-02-10]
11 July- War of the Spanish Succession: allied victory under the commander John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlboroughagainst the French at the Battle of Oudenarde.
18 August- War of the Spanish Succession: Capture of Minorcaby British forces.
12 October- War of the Spanish Succession: British forces capture Lilleafter a two-month siege, although the citadelcontinues to hold out for another six weeks.
20 October- Completion of the construction of St Paul's Cathedralin London. [cite web|url=http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23484259-details/Stamps+celebrate+St+Paul's+with+Wren+epitaph/article.do|title="Stamps celebrate St Paul's with Wren epitaph", Evening Standard|accessdate=2008-06-05]
* A general election is held in Great Britain for returning members serving in the House of Commons of the 2nd
Parliament of Great Britain, the first after the merger of the Parliament of Englandand the Parliament of Scotlandin 1707. The election results in a victory for the Whigs.cite book |last=Palmer |first=Alan & Veronica |year=1992 |title= The Chronology of British History|publisher= Century Ltd|location=London|pages= 205-206|isbn= 0-7126-5616-2]
29 March- John Partridge, English astrologer and almanack-maker (born 1644)
6 September- John Morden, English merchant and philanthropist (born 1623)
1 October- John Blow, composer (born 1649)
10 October- David Gregory, Scottish astronomer (born 1659)
28 October- Prince George of Denmark, consort of Queen Anne (born 1653, Denmark)
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