What Happened in 1626

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Significant Events

  • May 6 Dutch colonist Peter Minuit buys Manhattan Island from local Indians for 60 guilders worth of trinkets
  • Nov 18 St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated, replacing earlier basilica, world's largest Christian basilica
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World Leaders in 1626

Famous People Born in 1626

  • Jan 16 Lucas Achtschellinck, Flemish painter (d. 1699)
  • Jan 25 John van de Cappelle, Amsterdam, landscape painter
  • Feb 5 Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, French author (d. 1696)
  • Mar 12 John Aubrey, English antiquary and writer (d. 1697)
  • Apr 5 Jan van Kessel, Flemish painter
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