Historical Events in 1656

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  • Jan 8 Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands)
  • Jan 17 Brandenburg & Sweden sign Treaty of K√∂nigsberg

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Jan 23 Blaise Pascal publishes the first of his Lettres provinciales.

Mathematician, Physicist, and Philosopher Blaise Pascal
Mathematician, Physicist, and Philosopher
Blaise Pascal
  • Jan 24 1st Jewish doctor in North American colonies, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland
  • Feb 22 New Amsterdam granted a Jewish burial site
  • Mar 13 Jews are denied the right to build a synagogue in New Amsterdam
  • Apr 10 Dutch fleet occupiers Colombo Ceylon
  • Jun 20 Polish King Jan II Casimir recaptures Warsaw
  • Jul 1 1st Quakers (Mary Fisher/Ann Austin) arrives in Boston (arrested)
  • Jul 18 -20] Battle at Warsaw: Swedish King Karel X Gustaaf beats Johan II Kasimir and occupies Warsaw

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Jul 26 Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn declares he is insolvent

  • Sep 15 England & France sign peace treaty
  • Sep 19 Treaty of Labiau: Sweden gives Prussia, Brandenburg
  • Sep 22 All female jury hears case of woman who killed her child (acquit her)
  • Oct 2 English North American colony of Connecticut passes law against Quakers
  • Oct 24 Treaty of Vilnius: Russia & Poland sign anti-Swedish covenant
  • Nov 3 Treaty of Vilnius Russia/Poland sign anti-Swedish covenant [NS]
  • Dec 1 Germany promises Poland aid against Sweden
  • Dec 14 Artificial pearls 1st manufactured by M Jacquin in Paris made of gypsum pellets covered with fish scales