Historical Events in 1661

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  • Jan 6 The Fifth Monarchists unsuccessfully attempt to seize control of London.

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Jan 30 Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England is ritually executed after having been dead for two years

English Military and Political Leader Oliver Cromwell
English Military and Political Leader
Oliver Cromwell

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Mar 10 French King Louis XIV ends office of premier

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV

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Apr 23 English king Charles II crowned in London

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • Apr 29 Chinese Ming dynasty occupies Taiwan
  • Apr 30 Tsjeng Tsj'eng-Kung begins siege of Dutch fort Zeelandia, Formosa
  • May 3 Johannes Hevelius observes 3rd transit of Mercury ever to be seen

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Jun 5 Isaac Newton admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • Jun 21 Treaty of Kardis: Russia & Sweden sign peace treaty
  • Jun 23 Marriage contract for Charles II of England & Catharina of Portugal
  • Jul 3 Portugal gives Tangier & Bombay to English King Charles II
  • Jul 16 1st banknotes in Europe are issued by Bank of Stockholm
  • Jul 27 English Parliament confirms Navigation Act
  • Aug 6 The Treaty of The Hague is signed whereby the Dutch Republic sells New Holland (Brazil) for 63 tonnes of gold to Portugal
  • Sep 5 Nicolas Fouquet, French Superintendent of Finances under Louis XIV arrested; he died in 1680, never having seen freedom again.
  • Oct 1 Yachting begins in England; King Charles II beats his brother James, Duke of York racing from Greenwich to Gravesend
  • Dec 20 Corporation Act enforced in England