From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
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1721 (MDCCXXI) was the 2nd year of the 1720s decade.
- January 6 – The Committee of Inquiry on the collapse of the South Sea Company in Great Britain publishes its findings.
- March 24 – Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg concertos are completed, and dedicated to Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg-Schwedt.
- April 26 – Pirates John Taylor and Olivier Levasseur capture the 700-ton Portuguese galleon Nossa Senhora do Cabo at Réunion. The total value of treasure on board (from Goa) is estimated as between £100,000 and £875,000, one of the largest pirate hauls ever.
- May 8 – Pope Innocent XIII succeeds Pope Clement XI, as the 244th pope.
Art and culture
- Nathan Bailey – An Universal Etymological English Dictionary
- Montesquieu – Lettres persanes (Persian Letters)
- Eliza Haywood – The Fair Captive
- March 19 – Tobias Smollett, Scottish physician and author (d. 1771)
- November 9 – Mark Akenside, English poet and physician (d. 1770)
- December 6 - Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, French statesman (d. 1794)
- December 27 – François Hemsterhuis, Dutch philosopher (d. 1790)
- December 29 – Marquise de Pompadour, mistress of King Louis XV of France (d. 1764)
- January 26 – Pierre Daniel Huet, French churchman and scholar (b. 1630)
- March 19 – Pope Clement XI (b. 1649)
- July 18 – Jean-Antoine Watteau, French painter (b. 1684)
- September 11 – Rudolf Jakob Camerarius, German botanist and physician (b. 1665)
- September 18 – Matthew Prior, British poet and diplomat (b. 1664)
- December 13 – Alexander Selkirk, Scottish sailor (original "Robinson Crusoe") (b. 1676)