What Happened in 1687

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Significant Events

  • Jul 5 Isaac Newton's great work PRINCIPIA published by Royal Society in England. Outlines his laws of motion and universal gravitation.
  • Sep 26 Acropolis in Athens attacked by Venetian army trying to eject Turks, damaging the Parthenon
  • Sep 26 The city council of Amsterdam votes to support William of Orange's invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution.
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World Leaders in 1687

Famous People Born in 1687

  • Jan 30 [Johann] Balthasar Neumann, German architect, baptized
  • Feb 19 Johann Adam Birkenstock, German composer and violinist, born in Alsfeld, Hessen (d. 1733)
  • Mar 7 Jean Lebeuf, French historian (d. 1760)
  • Mar 16 Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, queen consort in Prussia (d. 1757)
  • Mar 30 Johann Balthasar Freisslich, composer
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Famous Deaths

  • Jan 28 Johannes Hevelius, astronomer (star cataloger), dies on 76th birthday
  • Mar 19 Rene-Robert Cavelier La Salle, Fren explorer (Louisiana), killed at 43
  • Mar 22 Jean-Baptiste Lully, Paris, Italian-born French baroque composer, dies at 54
  • Mar 28 Constantine Huygens, diplomat/poet/composer (Bluebottles), dies at 90
  • Apr 12 Ambrose Dixon, Virginia Colony pioneer
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