Chronology of Modern Freemasonry
1717 Four English Lodges unite constituting the Grand Lodge of England and electing Anthony Sayer as Grand Master
1729 There are 61 Lodges working in England
1730 First Masonic Lodge founded in America
1731 Fanz Stephen of Lotringia, (since 1745 Franz I, Roman-German emperor) becomes a Freemason.
1737 The first German Lodge is founded (Hamburg)
1737 Prohibition of free Masonic Lodges in Paris
1738 Pope Clement XII issues a papal bull In Eminenti condemning Freemasons
1739 The Inquisition persecutes Freemasons in Spain and Portugal.
1741/42 Masonic Lodges Union in Frankfurt am Main and Aux Trois Canons in Vienna are founded. King Fredric II The Great constitutes a Lodge in Berlin Aux Trois Globes (At Three Globes) afterwards turned into a Grand Lodge Zu den drei Weltkugeln.
1750 The first Masonic lodge in Riga Zum Nordstern ("Ziemeļzvaigzne") is founded renamed in 1765 Zum Schwert ("Pie zobena")
1751 the foundation of the second Grand Lodge in London, later called Ancients, that stands opposite the one founded in 1717 called Moderns
1754 The First lodge in the town of Jelgava, Latvia, Trois Caeurs couronnes ("Trīs kronētās sirdis") established
1756 Foundation of the Grande Lodge of France. 1760. Foundation of the Grand Lodge of Sweden
1764 Giacomo Casanova visits Jelgava and Riga. 1766. Johann Gottfried von Herder enrolled in loge Zum Schwert in Riga
1769 First Grand Lodge of North America founded in Massachusets
1779 Alessandro de Cagliostro founded an Egyptian system lodge in Jelgava, Latvia
1780 Irene the first lodge in the town of Liepāja, Latvia, was founded
1770 the foundation of Das Grosse Landesloge die Freimaurer of Germany in Berlin under the leadership of Johann Wilhelm Kelner von Cinnendorf.
1772 Provincial Grand Lodge founded in Russia according to the English system
1773 The foundation of the Grand Orient of France
1776 Following the proclamation of independence by 13 states of North America, American Declaration of Independence is adopted
1780 J. W. Goethe was enrolled in lodge Amalia
1784 W. A. Mozart was enrolled in lodge Zur Wohlthätigkeit in Vienna
1785 F. J. Haydn was enrolled in lodge Zur wahren Eintracht in Vienna
1794 Following the French Revolution Catherine the II , Empress of Russia restricts Freemasonic activities in Riga
1814 Masonic lodges are banned in Italy
1815 Constitution of the United Grand Lodge of England is issued
1822 Free mason lodges are prohibited in the whole of Russian Empire (also in territory of Latvia)
1861 Giuseppe Garibaldi occupies the post of Grand Master in several Grand Lodges of Italy
1877 Grand Orient of France breaks away from regular Freemasonry
1916/17 German lodges of military character founded in Liepāja, Jelgava and Riga
1919 Enkurs- the first lodge of independent Latvia founded in Liepāja
1924 Lodge "Jāņuguns" founded in Riga
1934 Prohibition of lodges in Germany
1949 Foundation of the United Grand Lodge of Germany in Frankfurt an Main
1993 Re-establishment of the St.Johns lodge "Jāņuguns"
2000 Re-establishment of the lodges "Ziemeļzvaigzne" and "Pie zobena"
2003 Foundation of the Grand Lodge of Latvia in Mežotne Palace, Latvia
2007 Re-establishment of St. Johns lodge "Apollo"
2008 Re-establishment of St. Andrews lodge "Iter Ad Lucem"
2009 Re-establishment of St Johns lodge "Enkurs" in Liepāja