Famous Deaths in 1678

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  • Jan 4 Johan Maetsuyker, Dutch gov-general of Ceylon (1653-78), dies at 71
  • Jan 7 Johannes Flittner, composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 24 Joan Maetsuyker, gov-gen of Neth East-Indies, dies at 72
  • Jan 29 Jeronimo Lobo, Portuguese Jesuit missionary (b. 1593)
  • Feb 10 Philip Vingboons, Amsterdam's master builder, buried
  • May 5 Anna M van Schurman, Dutch poet/spoke 10 languages, dies at about 70
  • May 6 Joseph de La Barre, composer, dies at 44
  • Jun 2 Pieter the Great, regent/diplomat, dies at 63
  • Jun 17 Giacomo Torelli, Italian stage designer, engineer and architect dies at 69
  • Aug 5 Juan García de Zéspedes, Mexican musician and composer (b. 1619)
  • Aug 16 Andrew Marvell, English poet (Definition of Love), ODs at 57
  • Aug 28 John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton, English soldier (b. 1602)
  • Oct 2 Wu San-kuei, gen, invited Manchus to China, dies trying to expel them
  • Oct 12 Edmund Berry Godfrey, English magistrate (b. 1621)
  • Oct 18 Cornelis Galle II, Flemish engraver/illustrator, dies at 63
  • Oct 18 Jacob Jordaens, Flemish baroque painter, dies at 85
  • Oct 26 John Jenkins, composer, dies
  • Nov 1 William Coddington, first Governor of Rhode Island (b. 1601)
  • Nov 7 Erasmus Quellinus II [Quellien], Flemish painter/etcher, dies at 70
  • Nov 18 Giovanni Maria Bononcini, composer, dies at 36
  • Nov 20 Charles Dujardin, painter/etcher (Learned Dog), dies at about 56
  • Nov 30 Andries de Graeff, mayor of Amsterdam (1657..71), dies at 67