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This article is about the year 1722.
|Centuries:||17th century – 18th century – 19th century|
|Decades:||1690s 1700s 1710s – 1720s – 1730s 1740s 1750s|
|Years:||1719 1720 1721 – 1722 – 1723 1724 1725|
|1722 by topic:|
|Arts and Sciences|
|Archaeology – Architecture – Art – Literature (Poetry) – Music – Science|
|Canada –Denmark – France – Great Britain – Ireland – Norway – Sweden –|
|Lists of leaders|
|Colonial governors – State leaders|
|Birth and death categories|
|Births – Deaths|
|Establishments and disestablishments categories|
|Establishments – Disestablishments|
|Ab urbe condita||2475|
|British Regnal year||8 Geo. 1 – 9 Geo. 1|
|Chinese calendar||辛丑年 (Metal Ox)
4418 or 4358
— to —
壬寅年 (Water Tiger)
4419 or 4359
|- Vikram Samvat||1778–1779|
|- Shaka Samvat||1644–1645|
|- Kali Yuga||4823–4824|
|Japanese calendar||Kyōhō 7
|Julian calendar||Gregorian minus 11 days|
|Minguo calendar||190 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||2264–2265|
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- March 8 – Battle of Gulnabad in Persia: Pashtun people of Afghanistan led by Mahmud Hotak decisively defeat forces of the Persian Safavid dynasty, precipitating its fall.
- April 5 (Easter Sunday) – Dutch admiral Jacob Roggeveen lands on what is now Easter Island.
- May 5 – Pennsylvania colony enacts a statute requiring all persons importing any person previously convicted of sodomy to pay £5 for each such incoming person.
- June 2 – Wapping, a black male slave owned by a Mr. Heale, is hanged for murder in the colony of Virginia.
- July – Russo-Persian War (1722–23) begins with Peter the Great's Persian campaign.
- July 25 – Father Rale's War (1722–25) begins along the Maine and Massachusetts border.
- August 15 – William Battin, 17, is hanged for arson and murder in the colony of Pennsylvania.
- October 23 – The six-month-long Siege of Isfahan ends when the Safavid capital Isfahan capitulates to the Afghan rebels. Safavid Sultan Husayn abdicates and acknowledges Mahmud Hotak as the new Shah of Persia.
- December 20 – After the longest reign by a Chinese Emperor in history (61 years), the Kangxi Emperor dies and is succeeded by his son Yinzhen as Yongzheng Emperor.
- The Silence Dogood letters appear, written by Benjamin Franklin.
- Edenton is incorporated as the county seat of Chowan County, North Carolina. The governor and assembly of North Carolina move to Edenton, making it the de facto capital of North Carolina until 1746, when the government is moved to New Bern.
- Peter the Great of Russia creates the Table of Ranks.
- A small group of Bohemian Brethren (the "Hidden Seed") from northern Moravia are allowed to settle in a new village, Herrnhut, on the Berthelsdorf estate of the pietist Count Nicolaus Zinzendorf in Upper Lusatia (Saxony), forming the Herrnhuter Brüdergemeine, seed of the Moravian Church's renewal.
- Foundation of the first public theatre in Denmark, Lille Grønnegade Theatre in Copenhagen.
- Modern music theory finds definition in Jean-Philippe Rameau's Traité de l'harmonie réduite à ses principes naturels ("Treatise on Harmony"), published in Paris.
- Johann Sebastian Bach composes The Well-Tempered Clavier.
- January 3 – Fredrik Hasselqvist, Swedish naturalist (d. 1752)
- January 12 – Nicolas Luckner, Marshal of France (d. 1794)
- January 26 – Alexander Carlyle, Scottish church leader (d. 1805)
- February 19 – Charles-François Tiphaigne de la Roche, French author (d. 1774)
- April 11 – Christopher Smart, English poet (d. 1771)
- April 12 – Pietro Nardini, Italian composer (d. 1793)
- April 22 (bapt.) – Joseph Warton, English poet and critic (d. 1800)
- May 11 – Petrus Camper, Dutch anatomist (d. 1798)
- May 29 – James FitzGerald, 1st Duke of Leinster, Irish politician (d. 1773)
- July 16 – Joseph Wilton, English sculptor (d. 1803)
- August 9 – Prince Augustus William of Prussia (d. 1758)
- August 11 – Richard Brocklesby, English physician (d. 1797)
- September 1 - Karl Gotthelf von Hund, German Freemason (d. 1776)
- September 5 – Frederick Christian, Elector of Saxony (d. 1763)
- September 16 – Gabriel Christie, British general (d. 1799)
- September 22 – John Home, Scottish dramatist (d. 1808)
- September 27 – Samuel Adams, American revolutionary leader (d. 1803)
- October 2 – Leopold Widhalm, Austrian luthier (d. 1776)
- November 5 – William Byron, 5th Baron Byron, English dueler (d. 1798)
- November 19
- November 30 – Théodore Gardelle, Swiss painter and enameler (d. 1761)
- December 30 – Charles Yorke, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (d. 1770)
- date unknown – Flora MacDonald, Scottish heroine (d. 1790)
- probable – Hyder Ali, Indian general and Sultan of Mysore (d. 1782)
- January 21 – Charles Paulet, 2nd Duke of Bolton, English supporter of William III of England (b. 1661)
- January 29 – Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld, Swedish military leader (b. 1651)
- February 5 – Éléonore Desmier d'Olbreuse, Duchess of Braunschweig-Lüneburg (b. 1639)
- February 10 – Bartholomew Roberts, Welsh pirate (b. 1682)
- March 11 – John Toland, Irish philosopher (b. 1670)
- March 31 – Eberhard von Danckelmann, Prime Minister of Brandenburg-Prussia (b. 1643)
- April 13 – Charles Leslie, Irish Anglican theologian (b. 1650)
- April 21 – Robert Beverley, Jr., historian of Colonial Virginia (b. 1673)
- May 20 – Sébastien Vaillant, French botanist (b. 1669)
- June 5 – Johann Kuhnau, German composer (b. 1660)
- June 16
- September 18 – André Dacier, French classical scholar (b. 1651)
- November 20 – Johann Adam Reincken, German organist (b. 1643)
- December 20 – Kangxi Emperor of China (b. 1654)
- December 23 – Pierre Varignon, French mathematician (b. 1654)