Famous Deaths in 1661

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  • Jan 1 Pieter Claesz, Dutch still life painter, dies at about 64
  • Jan 3 Maria I Stuart, Queen of England/husband of Willem II, dies at 29 [NS]
  • Jan 17 Andres Malong, Philippines rebel leader, executed
  • Jan 19 Thomas Venner, Fifth Monarchist (executed) (b. 1799)
  • Feb 2 Lucas Holstenius, German humanist (b. 1596)
  • Feb 5 Shunzhi Emperor of China (1644-1661) Third Qing Emperor, dies of smallpox at 22
  • Mar 1 Richard Zouch, English jurist (b. 1590)
  • Mar 8 Jules Mazarin, Italian cardinal/premier of France, dies at 58
  • Mar 9 Jules "Cardinal" Mazarin, chief minister of France, dies at 58
  • Mar 22 Hendrick Uylenburgh, art dealer, buried at about 73
  • Mar 24 William Leddra, last Quaker, hanged in Boston
  • Apr 4 Alexander Leslie, 1st Earl of Leven, Scottish soldier (b. circa 1580)
  • Apr 6 John Webster, colonial Governor of Connecticut (Fundamental Orders of Connecticut), dies at about 71
  • Apr 7 Sir William Brereton, 1st Baronet, English soldier and politician (b. 1604)
  • May 27 Archibald Campbell, Scottish politician, beheaded at about 53
  • Jun 3 Gottfried Scheidt, composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 8 John Elsevier, book publisher/publisher, dies at 39
  • Jun 26 Lazaro Valvasensi, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 6 Jacqueline-M-A the Sainte Madeleine Arnauld, French abbess, dies
  • Aug 7 Jin Shengtan, Chinese editor, writer and critic (b. 1608)
  • Aug 16 Thomas Fuller, English prime minister, dies at 53
  • Aug 26 Louis Couperin, composer, dies
  • Sep 12 Jacobus de la Torra, RC apostole vicar of Holland, dies at about 53
  • Oct 4 Jacqueline Pascal, French child prodigy (b. 1625)
  • Oct 6 Guru Har Rai, seventh Sikh Guru
  • Oct 26 Johann B Schup, [Schuppius], German poet/historian/vicar, dies
  • Oct 28 Agustín Moreto y Cavana, Spanish playwright (b. 1518)
  • Oct 30 Alexander Adriaenssen, Flemish painter, dies at 74
  • Oct 31 Mehmed Koprulu, Albanian great vizier of Turkey, dies
  • Nov 29 Brian Walton, English clergyman and scholar (b. 1600)
  • Dec 29 Antoine Gérard de Saint-Amant, French poet (b. 1594)