What Happened in 1689

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Significant Events

  • Jan 22 Prince William of Orange (future King William III of Britain), summons Convention Parliament to discuss ruling jointly with his wife Mary (daughter of exiled King James II)
  • Feb 13 British Parliament adopts the Bill of Rights which establishes the rights of parliament and places limits on the crown
  • Jul 1 Matsuo Basho, zen poet, leaves for 150 days journey on Honshu Japan
  • Jul 27 Battle of Killicrankie: Jacobite Scottish Highlanders under Viscount Dundee defeat royalist force under General MacKay
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Did You Know?

English Parliament passes Bill of Rights establishing limits on crown powers and requirement for regular elections

On December 16, 1689


World Leaders in 1689

Famous People Born in 1689

  • Jan 18 Charles de Montesquieu, France, philosopher/writer (Letters Persanes)
  • Jan 29 Hubert K Poot, Dutch poet
  • Apr 15 Ferdinand Zellbell the elder, Swedish composer (d. 1765)
  • May 15 Mary Wortley Montagu, English essayist, feminist, eccentric (baptism 26 May)
  • May 24 Daniel Finch, 8th Earl of Winchilsea, English politician (d. 1769)
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Famous Deaths

  • Jan 6 Seth Ward, English mathematician and astronomer (b. 1617)
  • Feb 21 Isaacus Vossius, Dutch [Isaac Vos], librarian, dies
  • Mar 18 John Dixwell, English judge (b. 1607)
  • Apr 16 Aphra Behn, English dramatist (b. 1640)
  • Apr 18 George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem/infamous judge, dies
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