What Happened in 1693

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Historical Events

  • Jan 11 Mt Etna in Sicily erupts with estimated 7.4 magnitude, most power Italian earthquake, killing around about 60,000
  • Feb 6 Royal charter granted College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va
  • Feb 8 William & Mary college is chartered in the Dominion and Colony of Virginia (2nd in North America)
  • Feb 13 College of William & Mary opens in Virginia
  • Apr 1 Cotton Mather's four-day-old son dies, and witchcraft is blamed
  • Jun 27 1st sea battle of Lagos: a French fleet under Anne Hilarion de Tourville defeated an Anglo-Dutch fleet under George Rooke
  • Jun 27 1st woman's magazine "Ladies' Mercury" published (London)
  • Jul 4 Battle at Boussu-lez-Walcourt: French-English vs Dutch army
  • Jul 8 NYC authorizes 1st police uniforms in American colonies
  • Jul 25 Ignacio de Maya founds the Real Santiago de las Sabinas, now known as Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León, México.
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Did You Know?

Date traditionally ascribed to Dom Perignon's invention of Champagne

On August 4, 1693


World Leaders in 1693

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 6 Mehmed IV, sultan (Turkey), dies at 51
  • Feb 7 Paul Pellisson, French writer (b. 1624)
  • Feb 13 Johann Kaspar von Kerll, German composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 1 Benedict Schultheiss, composer, dies at 39
  • Apr 5 Anne M L of Orleans, duchess (Grande Mademoiselle), dies at 65
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