Here are some one liners...
A Major Weather Disaster Hits England and the News -- A major hurricane hits the English coast. It's not the first time, but it is the first time such a storm will get national news coverage.
The Founder of the Methodist Movement is Born -- John Wesley is born. I talk about Methodism and why I mention people at their birth rather than when they actually do something.
The Foundations of St. Petersburg -- The myth of the founding of St. Petersburg and the reason why the myth developed.
A Major Weather Disaster Hits England and the NewsOne November evening, a major storm hits England with winds gusting to 140 mph. Tiles are ripped off the roofs and houses are stripped bare. 2,000 chimneys collapse killing residents while they scramble out of bed. 4,000 oak trees are knocked flat in south-east England alone. Many ships are sunk with all hands or set adrift hundreds of miles off course. This is a major weather event and it becomes the first national news story on the weather... ever. After "The Great Storm" there are not enough building materials to restore houses to livable condition before winter sets in. The price for building materials skyrockets but all the tile production into next next summer will not finish the task at any price. Wood shingles become the norm. The author, Daniel Defoe, calls it an act of God and chastises those who do not believe in God's punishment. Many preachers agree. It is difficult to tally the dead with so many washed away or lost at sea, but the count could be as high as 15,000. That is not counting those who will die because they must spend a winter in a home open to the sky.       
The Founder of the Methodist Movement is BornJohn Wesley is born in Epworth, Lincolnshire. He is the 15th child born to his mother, Susanna, and his father Samuel, the local rector. He will be raised as a strict Anglican, learning Greek, and Latin and memorizing passages of the New Testament. As a child he will be pulled from the flames as his home catches fire. This will be a turning point for him, like "a brand plucked out of the fire." John and his brother Charles (yet unborn) and George Whitefield (also yet unborn), will found the Methodist movement within the Anglican Church. It is a movement of renewal, following strictly the Common Book of Prayer. In fact, they follow the book so closely that they get the nickname of "Methodist" and the name sticks. It is going to be a wild ride for the Methodists, but by the time of John Wesley's passing, he will be known as "the best loved man in England," and his followers will number well over 100,000 on both sides of the Atlantic.   
The Foundations of St. PetersburgAs the story goes, Peter the Great was exploring the coast along the Neva delta and he landed at Hare Island. As he looked up he saw an eagle which was the symbol of Russia. It was there that he set the foundations for Peter Paul Fortress. He had a vision of a future Saint Petersburg and he built the city exactly to that vision.  
This Year in Wikipedia
Year 1703, Wikipedia.