Historical Events in August 1666

  • Aug 4 Hurricane hits Guadeloupe, Martinique & St Christopher; thousands die
  • Aug 4 Sea battle between Netherlands & England
  • Aug 5 English fleet beats Dutch under Michiel de Ruyter
  • Aug 9 Rear Admiral Robert Holmes leads a raid on the Dutch island of Terschelling, destroying 150 merchant ships in the Vlie estuary, and pillaging the town of West-Terschelling, an act later known as "Holmes's Bonfire".