Historical Events in 1672

  • Jan 1 Jean Racine's "Bajazet," premieres in Paris

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Feb 8 Isaac Newton reads 1st optics paper before Royal Society in London

Physicist & Mathematician Isaac Newton
Physicist & Mathematician
Isaac Newton
  • Feb 23 Joan Blaeus publishers destroyed by fire in Amsterdam

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Mar 15 King Charles II enacts Declaration of Indulgence

King of England Charles II
King of England
Charles II
  • Apr 6 France declares war on Netherlands

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Apr 29 Franco-Dutch War: Louis XIV of France invades the Netherlands.

The Sun King of France Louis XIV
The Sun King of France
Louis XIV
  • May 2 John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
  • May 6 Brandenburg monarch Frederik Willem signs treaty with Netherlands
  • May 15 1st copyright law enacted by Massachusetts
  • May 17 Frontenac becomes governor of New France (Canada)
  • Jun 7 Battle by Solebay: Dutch adm M de Ruyter beats French/English fleet
  • Jun 12 French army under Gen Turenne crosses Rhine at Lobith
  • Jun 21 Dutch pension advisor Johan de Witt seriously wounded
  • Jun 21 French troops under King Louis XIV occupy Utrecht
  • Jun 25 1st recorded monthly Quaker meeting in US held, Sandwich, Mass
  • Jul 4 States of Holland declares "Eternal Edict" void
  • Jul 8 William III is appointed stadholder by the States General in the Netherlands
  • Jul 9 William III inaugurated as viceroy of Holland/Zealand
  • Aug 20 Former Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis are brutally murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.
  • Sep 6 Willem III's troops reconquer Naarden from France
  • Oct 18 Poland & Turkey sign Peace of Buczacz
  • Dec 10 New York Governor Lovelace announces monthly mail service between New York & Boston
  • Dec 23 Giovanni Cassini discovers Rhea, a satellite of Saturn
  • Dec 30 Baron Karl Rabenhaupt occupies Coevorden Neth